Bangkok poll tracker
Preliminary results by 9pm on March 3
Unofficial results of the Bangkok governor election are expected by 9pm on March 3, the Bangkok election director said yesterday.
Weera Yiprae said ballot counting would be carried out at each polling station and would start at 3.30pm.
He said each polling station would cater to about 800 voters, so the counting at each station should take about an hour.
All the counting should be complete by 6pm, after which the ballot boxes and results from all stations would be sent to the district offices, where the results would be compiled.
Movie theatres to screen Democrat ad
The Democrats will step up their campaign to re-elect Sukhumbhand Paribatra by buying time to air new campaign ads in move theatres, the candidate's campaign manager said yesterday.
Ongart Klampaibul said the new campaign ad would show what the Democrats plan to do in the next four years, should Sukhumbhand be re-elected. The movie will be shown five times a day, he said.
The party will also stage an election campaign event at the Royal Plaza starting at 6.30am today.
Party leaders and members will gather and join the election campaign to help Sukhumbhand. The Democrats would then travel in vehicles to all 50 Bangkok districts.
Deputy Democrat leader Alongkorn Pollabutr will lead a boat procession to campaign on the Thon Buri side of the city.
The Democrats will regroup at the BMA public ground at 4pm to deliver a speech on "The Facts that Bangkokians Must Know".
A Democrat source said the speech would highlight key political developments in 2009 and 2010, apparently highlighting political violence related to red-shirt protesters.
The Democrat leaders will focus on the campaigns on the Thon Buri side tomorrow.
Pongsapat vows decentralisation
Pheu Thai candidate Pongsapat Pongcharoen yesterday promised that under his leadership the power of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration would be decentralised to Bangkok communities.
He said he would allow committees in the communities make their own decisions on how to solve problems.
Pongsapat said he would set up forward offices under the district offices as venues to distribute low-priced consumer goods to low-income people in the communities.
Pongsapat said he had not been aware of Sripathum University's invitation to him to join a policy debate on Thursday.
He said he was not angry that the debate organiser used a Furby doll in lieu of him during the debate.