Thailand's ruling Democrat gets No.10 for party list registration

16:29, May 19, 2011      

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The ruling Democrat Party got No.10 in the lot drawing for registration of party-list candidacy arranged Thursday morning, while its important rival, Puea Thai Party got No. 1.

The assigned candidacy numbers will also be used when the party applies next week for constituency-based election contest.

Totally 28 parties applied for the election contest scheduled for July 3 but two parties were considered unqualified by the Election Commission. Therefore only 26 parties participated in the lot drawing.

Bhum Jai Thai Party, a vital coalition party, got candidacy No.16.

The party-list candidate registration is open from Thursday through May 23, with constituency-based MP candidate registration from May 24 through May 28.

The total number of party list MP seats in the House is 125. The popular votes a party receives in the general election will be calculated into the number of party-list MP seats it wins.

The Thai-Japan Youth Center's Din Daeng compound, venue for party list candidate registrations, was crowded with supporters of various political parties as well as media.

Security was beefed up with some 400 policemen deployed around the venue.

Yingluck Shinawatra, the youngest daughter of the ousted ex-PM Thaksin Shinawatra, and the Puea Thai's candidate for PM, responded to the question of how she feel about the candidacy, "No. 1 is a very good start but I still believe that the people will vote for us because of our policies. However, the candidacy No. 1 shows a very good sign."

Meanwhile, the caretaker Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said that he had no concern even though the Democrat Party got candidacy No. 10.

"Number will not complicate election campaign of the party because people nowadays always keep up with what is going on. They will know what number has been assigned for their favorite party," Abhisit said.

Abhisit announced official House dissolution on May 9 and called for a snap election. The Democrat-led government came into power in December 2008 and was actually due to end its term by the end of this year.

Source: Xinhua
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