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Democracy Update 27/2/13

The UDD is in full preparation for Sunday’s gubernatorial election in Bangkok. Thousands of volunteers have attended training workshops and will monitor polling units throughout the city, Red Shirt leaders said at the UDD’s weekly press conference on Wednesday.

UDD leader Tida Tawornseth stated,

We are doing our part to promote and improve democratic practice in Thailand. We want a clean and transparent election.

The Election Commission and the police have welcomed the UDD’s initiative, but it has come under fire by Democrat Party members. Some Democrats have even likened the Red Shirts’ plan to the destruction of the ancient capital of Ayutthaya by the Burmese in 1767. 

Tida responded,

We must be doing something right if the Democrats are so concerned.

The Democrats have been in power in Bangkok for nine years, but recent polls show that their popularity is waning. UDD co-leader Somwang Assarasi was unimpressed by Democrat incumbent Sukhumbhand Paribatra’s campaign slogan “It’s time to take action”,

He’s had four years to take action! Why has he waited till now?

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