Pongsapat retains lead

national February 21, 2013 00:00

By The Nation

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Pheu Thai Party candidate Pongsaspat Pongcharoen has maintained his lead in the opinion polls as the run-up to the election for Bangkok governor moves into its final two weeks.

A Suan Dusit Poll survey conducted from February 14 to 17 among 4,393 respondents showed Pongsapat ahead of Democrat candidate Sukhumbhand Paribatra by a sizeable margin of 46 per cent to 32 per cent.

However the margin of Pongsapat’s lead was much smaller in a Nida poll conducted among 1,485 respondents on Monday and Tuesday, with 26 per cent saying they would vote for Pongsapat, 25 per cent for Sukhumbhand and 36 per cent undecided.

Pongsapat’s popularity rating is higher than other candidates in north and east Bangkok, including Thon Buri, while Sukhumbhand scores higher in central Bangkok.

Abac Poll deputy director Tewin Inchamnong yesterday said that according to the results of an Abac Poll survey from February 8-12, compared with the Bangkok gubernatorial election result four years ago, about 2 million people would come to vote. Pongsapat would likely win with 900,000 votes while Sukhumbhand would likely get 770,000 votes.

Democrats to rally

Democrat Party election director Ongart Klampaiboon said yesterday that Democrat supporters would be mobilised for a major election rally at the Royal Plaza on Saturday.

The party is set to organise rallies across Bangkok, with participants coming together in the evening at Bangkok City Hall to hear an election speech titled “The Truth Bangkok People Must Know”.

Tomorrow, the Democrats will organise two rallies, at a field near Sala Kudkoo School in Min Buri district and at Klong Chan Flat 22. On Sunday, party candidate Sukhumbhand Paribatra will be joined by Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva on stage at a rally at Sinthawee Housing Estate on Rama II Road.

Sopon swims in Chao Phraya

Independent gubernatorial candidate Sopon Pornchokchai, No 4, yesterday swam a 400-metre stretch of the Chao Phraya River to promote conservation measures included in his environmental policy.

His proposals to improve the quality of water in the city’s main river include beefing up the public water treatment system and residential sanitation, and tightening regulations against drainage of industrial or agricultural waste water into the river.

He also promoted “Urban Swimming” as a way of encouraging Bangkokians’ bond with their river.

Pledges for students, elderly

Pheu Thai Party gubernatorial candidate Pongsapat Pongcharoen said that if elected, he would improve the quality of life for Bangkok school students by increasing the number of teachers, launching an online education system, offering scholarships to teachers and providing extra Skytrain carriages for students.

He also said he would establish a Seniors Club to enable community activities among the elderly, and provide elevators for the elderly and disabled at all BTS stations.