Twenty candidates filed their candidacies for the Bangkok governorship yesterday (Thursday), on the first day of the five-day registration period, as a senior city official today predicted that the number of candidates may not exceed 25.
No gubernatorial candidate turned up at City Hall 2 in Bangkok’s Din Daeng district this morning to register for May 22n/a election, said Khachit Chatchavanich, the permanent secretary of the city administration.
He added, however, that three people showed up to register to contest the election of councilors in Suan Luang, Lat Phrao and Yannawa districts.
Khachit said 343 people applied to run for councilors in Bangkok’s 50 districts yesterday, with Chom Thong, Thon Buri and Wang Thong Lang districts registering the highest number of nine candidates each.
After the close of registration of applications on April 4andhe said election officials will verify the qualifications of all candidates within seven days, after which a list of qualified candidates will be announced.
Khachit said the maximum amount of campaign expenses for each gubernatorial candidate is limited to 49 million baht, while expenses for alderman candidates range from 820,000 baht to just over of one million baht, depending on the size of the district in which they are standing.
Bangkok election committee director Samran Tanpanich said all candidates, both gubernatorial and councillor, are required to submit their expense reports to the committee within 90 days of election day. Failing this, they can see their electoral rights withdrawn for five or ten years, if the non-presentation of the reports is intended to avoid a control.
Bangkok’s election committee has also issued rules regarding the number and placement of campaign posters.
There are also areas where campaign posters are not permitted. These include road islands, flyovers, at traffic lights, near traffic signs or on the walls of government buildings, on trees and utility poles on two-lane medians (medians) .