Pheu Thai Party will kick off its campaigns for the February 2 election at five spots in the capital and four other provinces on Saturday.
Pheu Thai leader Charupong Ruangsuwan said a campaign rally at Muang Thong Thani in Bangkok would start at 4pm in parallel with similar activities in Khon Kaen, Chiang Mai, Ubon Ratchthani and Nakhon Sawan. The pre-election campaigns will continue until January 30, he said. Referring to a report that the Election Commission (EC) has invited leaders of the Pheu Thai and Democrat parties for discussion, Charupong said he has not received any invitation. “What right does the EC have to make such an invitation? The EC’s duty is to hold the election. If I’m invited, I won’t be stupid enough to show up to be bombarded by two parties (the EC and Democrat Party),” he said. Sompong Amornwiwat, director of the Pheu Thai election centre, said his party would not campaign at Ratchdamnoen Avenue or rally sites to avoid conflict and public disorder. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will concentrate more on national administration and will not have too much involvement in the election campaign, he said. Pheu Thai spokesman Prompong Nopparit urged the EC to take legal action against protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban and other anti-government protesters for disrupting the registrations of election candidates in several provinces. Pheu Thai secretary general Phumtham Vetchayachai said the party has put up campaign billboards and posters asking for a return to power so as to continue implementation of the party’s unfinished policies and promising to crack down on corruption.