Progressive Movement party to recruit 32 local candidates for December local elections

The Progressive Movement (code for “the-new-Future-Forward-party”), says it will recruit 32 local candidates for the upcoming December elections. Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the movement’s leader, and former Future Forward Party MP, says more provinces could be added later to the Provincial Administrative Organisation election.

The party will use the slogan “Changing Thailand starts at home” for its campaign. The Move Forward Party is the new name of the Future Forward Party after it was disbanded by the Constitutional Court on February 21 for being accused of accepting a 191 million baht “loan” from its leader, Thanathorn.

This time, however, Thanathorn says there will be no vote-buying, with candidates campaigning for support on a platform that includes mass transit projects and tourism solutions to education issues and the environment. Thanathorn is currently banned from holding any political office positions, but the Progressive Movement is the first political entity to target the local polls after the cabinet approved the PAO elections for December. On Monday, the committee will meet to set the date, which is rumoured to be Sunday, December 20, due to other dates clashing with holidays.

Meanwhile, the Democrat Party says they will meet on October 18 to choose candidates for the elections and a political group called Samut Prakan Progressive has reportedly chosen well-known singer Nantida Kaewbuasai as a PAO chief candidate in the province.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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