Connect with us

Phuket

Two more candidates enter senatorial race

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published 

 on 

Two more candidates enter senatorial race | The Thaiger
  • follow us in feedly

PHUKET CITY: Two local lawyers have registered to run in the March 2 senatorial election, bringing the final number of candidates in Phuket to three.

The second candidate is Adirak Engchuan. The 46-year-old Phuket native, who holds a law degree from Ramkhamhaeng University in Bangkok, registered his candidacy Thursday morning.

The final candidate to register was Cherdchai Wongseree, 47, who arrived at Phuket Community Hall just before the deadline yesterday afternoon.

Both men were also candidates in the April 19, 2007 senatorial race that was won convincingly by Thanyarat “Gee” Achariyachai, a former Juvenile Court judge who has already registered as a candidate in the March 2 election.

K. Thanyarat, however, was not sworn in as Phuket’s first female Senator because the upper house did not convene before the military coup of September 19, 2006.

In that election, K. Thanyarat garnered 34,142 votes compared with 6,419 votes for K. Cherdchai, who ranked fifth in that poll, and 752 votes for K. Adirek, who ranked ninth.

Nationally, there are 505 candidates contesting 76 elected senate seats in the March 2 poll.

The most hotly contested seat is Bangkok, where 35 candidates will canvass for a single seat. In sharp contrast, only one candidate registered for the senatorial election in Phang Nga, the only province where a candidate will run unopposed.

The Thai News Agency (TNA) has reported that the Bank of Thailand (BoT) has ordered all financial institutions to report on financial transactions of senatorial candidates to the Election Commission (EC) in an attempt to thwart “irregularities” in the contest.

Krirk Vanikkul, assistant governor of BoT’s Financial Institutions Policy Group, said the central bank had sent letters to all financial institutions ordering them to report on transactions by candidates, as required by the EC.

The aim is to enable the EC to monitor expenses paid by candidates while contesting the election, TNA reported.

The new upper house will comprise 150 senators. Of these, 76 will be elected to represent individual provinces. The remaining 74 will be selected from 1,080 candidates nominated by different groups appointed by the EC.

The seven-member selection panel is composed of the chiefs of independent bodies, including the EC chairman, the president of the Supreme Court and the Auditor General, TNA reported.

Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.
Never miss out on future posts by following The Thaiger.



Read more headlines, reports & breaking news in Phuket. Or catch up on your Thailand news.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Phuket

Phuket officials visit Kamala restaurant after customer charged 6,750 baht

Maya Taylor

Published

on

Phuket officials visit Kamala restaurant after customer charged 6,750 baht | The Thaiger
PHOTO: Facebook/ Lalita Chaiyasit

A seafood restaurant in Kamala, a west coast town in Phuket, has received strong criticism on social media after trying to charge a customer 6,750 baht for a takeaway meal. 3,000 baht of the bill was a “cooking fee”. Lalita Chaiyasit took to social media to vent her disbelief after receiving the bill. She says she was on holiday with her family in Phuket and wanted to order some food for delivery to their hotel. At the recommendation of their tour guide, she chose the Nanork Restaurant in Kamala, sending the tour guide to pick up the food. A report […]

Continue Reading

Tourism

Phuket’s Lard Yai Sunday night market springs back to life

The Thaiger

Published

on

Phuket’s Lard Yai Sunday night market springs back to life | The Thaiger
PHOTO: Lard Yai springs back to life - Phuket People's Voice

The Lard Yai Sunday night walking street along Thalang Road Old Phuket Town has reopened to the delight of vendors, locals and a few expats. It has been closed for 3 months after lockdowns were applied to community markets. New Provincial Governor Narong Woonchiew says he welcomes people back to the popular market. “The province and the private sector have worked hard to make sure Lardyai walking street is safe and complies with social distancing practices to regain tourists’ confidence.” Lard Yai, a fairly recent addition to Phuket’s vibrant market scene (about 4 years ago), became an instant success in […]

Continue Reading

Opinion

Two years ago – remembering Phuket’s Phoenix boat tragedy

The Thaiger

Published

on

Two years ago – remembering Phuket’s Phoenix boat tragedy | The Thaiger

“There were 13 children that died in this disaster. Many were later found dead, floating face down, not far from their deceased parents.” On an otherwise ordinary afternoon, two tour boats, Phoenix and Serenata, were heading back to Phuket after a half day tour of snorkelling near Koh Racha. The weather forecast was for seasonal monsoonal SW winds and waves, about the usual for that time of the year. But there was also a weather warning for a storm later in the afternoon of July 5, 2018. For whatever reasons the captains of the two vessels started heading back to […]

Continue Reading
Follow The Thaiger by email:

Trending