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Most Thais want to elect their governors, says poll

Most Thais want to elect their governors, says poll

BANGKOK: A majority of people in provinces across the country want the right to elect their governors the way residents of Bangkok do, according to an opinion survey by the National Institute of Development Administration, or Nida Poll.

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By Bangkok Post

Sunday 24 April 2022, 02:46PM


Gubernatorial election campaign posters are everywhere in Bangkok, where a gubernatorial election will be held on May 22. Voters in other provinces hope for a chance to select their own governors. Photo: Apichart Jinakul

Gubernatorial election campaign posters are everywhere in Bangkok, where a gubernatorial election will be held on May 22. Voters in other provinces hope for a chance to select their own governors. Photo: Apichart Jinakul

The survey was conducted on Apr 18-20 via telephone interviews with 1,320 people aged 18 and over of various levels of education, occupations and incomes in provinces outside Bangkok throughout the country, reports the Bangkok Post.

Currently, the governors of every province except Bangkok are appointed by the Interior Ministry. Only the people of Bangkok, which has been made a special administrative area called the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, elect their own governor.

Asked whether they want to be able to elect their governors, the answers were:

- 66.14% said “yes”, very much;

- 18.64% said “yes”, moderately;

- 10.07% said “no”, definitely;

- 3.79% said “no”, not particularly;

- 1.36% were not interested.

Asked whether they thought elected governors would be different from appointed governors in terms of their contributions to the development of the provinces, their answers were:

- 57.80% said “yes”, very differrent;

- 27.05% said “yes”, fairly different;

- 8.71% believed they would not make any difference;

- 5.91% believed they would make only a little difference;

- 0.53% were uncertain.

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JohnC | 25 April 2022 - 09:06:35

All just fluff. Most Thais don't even vote in normal elections, unless they have been "encouraged to" (500-1000B donations to those that vote the way they want you to) 

Kurt | 25 April 2022 - 00:45:11

Electing? It only can become better! But no quarantee. What was/is the value of all Phuket governors so far? Protocollair shows, ordering, merit doing, belly growing, handsitting people. No authority, as wax in hands of cartel people who create freely their own money making 'territory'. Patong PEBA Republic is a good example. The Phuket corruption rose shameless the last few years.  

Kakka2 | 24 April 2022 - 16:05:20

55555 no wonder... and how about their own prime minister and above?  

 

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