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Dems get No.10, Pheu Thai No.1

Posted by arnon_k On May - 19 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

The ruling Democrat Party of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva drew position No.10 on the ballot paper when registration of party list candidates for the general election began at the Thai-Japan Youth stadium on Thursday morning.

The main opposition party, Pheu Thai, drew the No.1 position, bringing a loud cheer from its supporters gathering at the stadium.

The drawing of lots was overseen by the chairman of the Election Commission, Apichart Sukhagganond.

Core leader of the People’s Alliance for Democracy Maj Gen Chamlong Srimuang also led his supporters to rally at the venue in support of the PAD’s ‘no vote’ campaign.

While Maj Gen Chamlong campaigned for ‘no vote’ outside the building, his affiliated party, No.18 Puea Fa Din, Party was entering the election race. The party comprises Santi Asoke members.

The following are the party numbers on the ballot papers for the party-list system:

No.1 Pheu Thai
No.2 Chart Pattana Puea Pandin
No.3 Prachathippataimai
No.4 Prachakorn Thai
No.5 Rak Prathetthai
No.6 Phalang Chon
No.7 Prachatham
No.8 Damrongthai
No.9 Muanchon
No.10 Democrat
No.11 Thai Piang Phor
No.12 Rak Santi
No.13 Thai Pensuk
No.14 Social Action
No.15 Thai Pen Thai
No.16 Bhumjaithai
No.17 Tankhun Pandin
No.18 Puea Fa Din
No.19 Farmers Network of Thailand
No.20 New Politics
No.21 Chart Thai Pattana
No.22 Seri Niyom
No.23 Chart Samakkee
No.24 Bamrungmuang
No.25 Kasikornthai
No.26 Matubhum

P.Thai to pick PM candidate May 16

Posted by arnon_k On May - 12 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

The Pheu Thai Party will decide on May 16 who among the 125 candidates on the party list will be put on the No 1 slot as the candidate for the prime ministership, party spokesman Prompong Nopparit said on Thursday.

Mr Prompong said the party had finalised the list of 375 candidates to run for election in constituencies and another 125 to be placed on the party list.

The lists had been approved by the party executive committee.

The party would hold a meeting on May 16 to allow its members to vote who should take the No 1 slot on the party list.

“If Yingluck Shinawatra (former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s younger sister) is selected for the top slot, party members may want to know whether she would accept it and how she feels.

“The voting will not be fixed and former prime minister Thaksin will not be involved. It will be a party resolution,” Mr Prompong said.

P.Thai condemns attack on Pracha

Posted by arnon_k On May - 11 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

The Pheu Thai Party on Wednesday issued a statement condemning the shooting of its former MP Pracha Prasopdee, saying it was intended to intimidate the party and its election candidates.

The statement, read by party leader Yongyuth Wichaidit, calls for the caretaker government and the national police chief to step up measures to ensure safety for the people and their property and create the atmosphere of a free and safe election.

It calls for the government and state authorities to equally provide protection for candidates of all political parties.

“All political parties should stress their policies in their campaigns and let the people make their decision. We have to join hands to eradicate all forms of violence during the campaign,” the statement says.

Mr Yongyuth said the attempt on Mr Pracha’s life would not discourage Pheu Thai and its candidates from going out to meet the people and tell them what they would do to solve problems and bring back happiness.

Pol Gen Pracha Promnok, a Pheu Thai member and former police chief, said a candidate who feels unsafe can seek protection from police.

Suthep spurns P.Thai’s demand

Posted by arnon_k On May - 9 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban on Monday flatly rejected the Pheu Thai Party’s demand that he and Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, as the secretary-general and leader of the Democrat Party respectively, sign a written agreement to let it form the next government if it gets the most seats in the general election.

Mr Suthep said he stood firm in the Democrat Party’s belief that any party that can put together a majority should be given a chance to form the government.

Pheu Thai spokesman Prompong Nopparit made the demand on Sunday. He said the party’s own opinion survey showed 81.5 per cent of the respondents believed that Pheu Thai’s policies were realistic.

Mr Suthep said citing poll results showing the party would win the election was just a psychological ploy laid down by Thaksin Shinawatra, Pheu Thai’s de facto leader.

On Thaksin’s promise to reintroduce a war on drugs if he returned to power, Mr Suthep sarcastically said he doubted another 3,000 people would be killed as a result of that.

Mr Suthep said Thaksin’s vow to return to Thailand by the end of this year was intended only to give hope to his supporters, because in fact if he did return he would be put in jail.

“Thaksin is staying abroad today to escape a jail sentence. The people know well what the country would be like if he comes back,” he added.