Parties set to unveil teams

Slates prepared for 400 MP seats across country

Major political parties were yesterday wrapping up preparations for the fielding of candidates for 400 House seats up for grabs via direct voting.

The candidacy registration opens on Monday and will be completed on Friday in 157 constituencies nation-wide.

The Democrat Party organised a cruise down the Chao Phya River yesterday to introduce its three candidates for Bangkok's constituency 12.

Party spokesman and former MP Ong-art Klampaiboon will lead the campaigning in Bangkok Noi, Bang Phlat and Thawi Watthana.

His two team-mates are newcomers, Ratchada Thanadilok, who left an academic career for politics, and Chanin Rungsaeng, who was a three-time Bangkok councillor.

The Democrats are expected to highlight the multibillion

baht expansion of the mass

transit network as one of the key policies designed to serve Bangkok constituents.

The Puea Pandin Party unveiled its candidate and former MP Kingkan na Chiangmai to lead the campaigning in the four constituencies of the northern province of Chiang Mai.

"Kingkan is expected to be a major magnet to attract votes for Puea Pandin in the North," party leader Suwit Khunkitti said.

Kingkan said she had been persuaded by her mentor Chavalit Yongchaiyudh to adopt this new party banner.

She started her political career when Chavalit was leader of the New Aspiration Party.

"Puea Pandin and I have a common stance on many policies relating to the price of longan, village funds and the problem of citizenships for the hilltribes," she said.

Nitipoom Navaratna, a former Bangkok senator who just resigned as a member of the National Legislative Assembly, yesterday was also introduced as a Puea Pandin candidate expected to run in a Bangkok constituency.

The Ruam Jai Thai Chart Pattana Party appointed Muslim leader Pichet Sathirachawal as its campaign manager responsible for the Southern constituencies.

The party is expected to field 47 candidates in the South.

Pichet said his key campaign message for constituents in the deep South will focus on putting religious principles before politics.

The People Power Party named former senator Sompong Srakawi to take charge of campaigning in the South.

Sompong will be assisted by three veteran politicians, Wan Muhamad Noor Matha, Sutham Saengpratoom and Thonchart Ratanawicha.

The Matchima Thipataya Party assigned retired crime buster Charoon Den-udom to lead the campaign in the three southernmost provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat.

Of the 12 candidates planned to contest in the deep South, the party expects to grab at least five House seats.

The Nation


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