Seven more contenders join the fray
Seven more candidates joined the race for Bangkok governor yesterday, the last of the five days for candidate registration, raising the number of candidates to 25.
City clerk Ninnart Chalitanon said the Bangkok Election Committee would need about a week to verify the qualifications of the 25 candidates and would announce the final list on February 1.
She said the list of eligible voters would be announced on February 5.
Sukhum Wongprasit, who registered his candidacy on the last day and got No 19, proposed that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration be split into two bodies under the policy of "one capital, two metropolises".
He said the current BMA should be divided into the Bangkok and Thon Buri metropolitan administrations.
Sukhum said national government agencies should be relocated to Nakhon Ratchasima to reduce traffic congestion in the capital.
He said senior military officers should concurrently hold senior oppositions in the BMA to help tackle drug problems. He said if he were elected, he would create jobs by digging 21 more canals in the capital and build 10,000 more public toilets.
Sukhum said he hoped to win votes from some 2 million Bangkok residents who have never cast their vote in the gubernatorial election.
Krit Suriyapol, who got candidacy No 20, carried Bt20 and Bt500 notes to pay the Bt50,000 registration fee yesterday.
He said if he were elected, the BMA would ensure that city residents had a comfortable life, and the city would be clean and orderly.
He said he would ensure that the work of the BMA would be transparent and the capital would be a safe place.
Krit said he would campaign by walking from Bang Khunthien, passing Nong Chok and Nong Khaem districts, to the heart of Bangkok and would rest along the way when night fell.
Independent gubernatorial candidate Torranee Ritthithamrong aka Nuntana Weeaphol yesterday proposed the setting up a new council to monitor the work of the BMA.
Torranee, who got candidacy No 21, said the new council would be called the joint people-state council and it would have representatives from all Bangkok districts.
She said the new council would control the spending of the BMA.
She said she would not launch an election campaign and would not put up signs or banners but would leave it to the will of heaven as to whether she should be elected.
She wore a white dress with ornaments all over her body and walked with three children.
25 hopefuls have registered so far and are listed according to their candidacy number below:
1. Wila Udom; 2. Waranchai Chokechana; 3. Metta Temchamnarn; 4. Sopon Pornchokechai; 5. Samit Samitthinan; 6. Sanhapoj Suksrimuang; 7. Natthadani Phubetatthawit; 8. Sumet Tanthanasirikul; 9. Pongsapat Pongcharoen; 10. Kosit Suwinijjit; 11. Sereepisuth Temeeyaves; 12. Jongjit Hiranlarp; 13. Wasin Pirom;
14. Prateep Watcharachokkasem; 15. Jamras Inthumas; 16. Sukhumbhand Paribatra; 17. Suharit Siamwalla;
18. Nannapas Kosaiyakanon; 19. Sukhum Wongprasit; 20. Krit Suriyapol; 21. Torranee Ritthithamrong;
22. Supachai Kasemwong; 23. Rawiwan Sutthiwirasawan; 24. Witthaya Jungkobwattana;
25. Kachornsak Kosayothin