Yesterday marked the first day for candidates to register for the election. Nationwide, candidates have until 4:30pm Friday (Apr 7) to register.
In line with national policy and registration centres set up elsewhere throughout the country, the Phuket office of the Election Commission of Thailand (ECT Phuket) started receiving registrations at the provincial government centre, on Tha Kraeng Rd, Phuket Town, at 8:30am.
In Phuket, a total of 28 candidates representing 13 political parties registered. Only five parties ‒ Kao Klai, Bhumjaithai, Palang Pracharat, Pheu Thai and Seri Ruam Thai ‒ fielded candidates to contest all three MP seats available.
The May 14 election will be the first that three MP seats for Phuket will be up for grabs. Previously Phuket had been allocated only two.
ECT Phuket has been required twice to seek public feedback on which of three maps will be used to define the three constituencies in Phuket.
However, so far ECT Phuket has yet to announce through a public announcement exactly which map will be used in the May 14 election.
After calls by The Phuket News to the main ECT Phuket office yesterday went unanswered, The Phuket News was finally able to speak to an ECT Phuket officer today, who said that ‘Map 2” had been selected.
The officer repeatedly said that ECT Phuket had announced which map was to be used on its website ‒ but was unable to explain where. The Phuket News has been unable to locate the public announcement. At the time of this story being posted online today (Apr 4), the public announcement still had yet to be posted on ECT Phuket’s official Facebook page.
The Phuket office of the Public Relations Department and its affiliate Phuket branch of Radio Thailand Phuket both also still had yet to announce to Phuket people through their official Facebook pages that ‘Map 2’ has been chosen.
FULL STEAM AHEAD
The lack of public knowledge of which map was to be used, hence which areas each MP seat will cover, did not stop candidates from turning out in force yesterday to register to enter the election. Apparently the prospective candidates had already been told.
As such, as posted on the public boards at the registration centre were the full list of candidates, and their numbers on the ballot, as follows:
Candidates for Area 1
- Pol Lt Col Payao Maneerat from Thai Pakdee Party
- Acting Second Lieutenant Somchat Techathavaroen, Kao Klai Party
- Niphon Aikwanich, Bhumjaithai Party
- Prasert Prateep Na Thalang, Thai Sang Thai Party
- Anantarak Phethin, Seri Ruam Thai Party
- Jirayut Songyos, Palang Pracharat Party
- Watcharapong Anantakul, Pheu Thai Party
- Piya Sidokbuab, Thai Sang Chart Party
- Natdanai Hirunsetthi, Plian Party
Candidates for Area 2
- Awut Noochet, Pheu Thai Party
- Chalermpong Sangdee, Kao Klai Party
- Nuanchan Samart, Ruam Thai Sang Chart Party
- Sutha Prateep Na Thalang, Palang Pracharat Party
- Wongsakorn Chanakij, Bhumjaithai Party
- Pakwan Kitprasarn, Thai Sang Thai Party
- Thames Kraitat, Chart Pattana Kla Party
- Nio Nimu, Seri Ruam Thai Party
- Karom Dermlim, Pheu Chart Thai Party
Candidates for Area 3
- Oratai Kerdsup, Chat Phatthana Kla Party
- Natthee Thinsaku, Palang Pracharat Party
- Sumet Bunon, Klong Thai Party
- Winyu Kongkitthana, Seri Ruam Thai Party
- Thitikan Thitipruekthikul, Kao Klai Party
- Soratham Chinda, Pheu Thai Party
- Acting Second Lt Channarong Prateep Na Thalang, Ruam Thai Sang Chart Party
- Maneerat Wichaidit Sukyiran, Thai Sang Thai Party
- Wiwat Jindapol, Bhumjaithai Party
- Srithep Udomlap, Thai Pakdi Part
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