Thursday, June 5, 2008

First candidates for the Bangkok gubernatorial elections

Later this year the four year term of Bangkok governor Apirak Kosayothin will end and a new governor will be elected. I don't know if the date for these gubernatorial election has already been fixed.

However, now candidates for the election start to make their intentions public, starting with Nattakorn Devakula, TV host and son of former finance minister Pridiyathorn Devakul, as reported by Daily Express, the tabloid newspaper from the Nation Group. See also the comments of Bangkokpundit.

Former massage parlor Chuwit Kamolvisit, who was already defeated in the 2004 gubernatorial elections, already announced earlier that he will give it another try.

I am not sure if Apirak, the incumbent, has already said whether he'll contest for reelection, however his self-suspension from his duties earlier this year in response to the corruption allegations around the fire truck scandal had some smell of being a kind of promotion for the forthcoming election campaign.

Some other candidates already showing up are mentioned in an article in The Nation.

Update: The election is set for October 5 2008.

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