By Thai Newsroom Reporters
MOST GEN-Z PEOPLE have been found to prefer Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt become prime minister after the next general election.
According to an opinion poll conducted by Rangsit University political scientist Thamrongsak Petlert-anand among a total of 707 Gen-Z respondents between Sept. 7 and Sept. 16, 43.1% prefers Chadchart who won over 1.3 million votes from among Bangkokians in May’s gubernatorial election become head of the post-election government.
Chadchart has earlier declined to comment whether he might ever quit as Bangkok governor in the wake of possibilities of his being named head of the post-election government as had been the case in the 2019 election. The Bangkok governor was among a trio of Pheu Thai candidates for head of government in the previous election.
The recent poll has found Progressive Movement leader/former Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit as a second choice to assume the top post of government with 22.1% of the Gen-Z respondents, followed by former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra with 14.6%, Move Forward party leader Pita Limjaroenrat with 12.8% and Thaksin’s youngest daughter/Pheu Thai Family head Paetongtarn Shinawatra with 4.7%.
All Gen-Z respondents are aged under 25 years and currently studying at universities in all regions of the country including those in Bangkok, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Pathom, Chonburi, Ayutthaya, Phitsanulok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Payao, Sakon Nakhon, Khon Kaen, Maha Sarakham, Roi Et, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Songkhla and Pattani.
Remarkably, none of the 707 respondents has preferred Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, currently suspended by court from performing as head of government, or Caretaker Prime Minister-cum-Palang Pracharath party leader Prawit Wongsuwan or Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Public Health Minister-cum-Bhumjaithai party leader Anutin Charnvirakul or Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Commerce Minister-cum-Democrat party leader Jurin Laksanavisit or any other members of the current cabinet as next premier.
Meanwhile, Election Commission secretary-general Sawaeng Boonmee has confirmed today (Sept. 23) the country is fully getting into electoral mode as of tomorrow no matter on what date the next general election for MPs may be held.
The nationwide race to parliament could possibly take place either before or on or beyond March 24, the date on which the House of Representatives’ four-year term is scheduled to end.
The 180-day electoral mode may last either until the House is dissolved at any given time as of tomorrow or until the final date of its term has come, according to the Election Commission secretary-general.
The polling agency has cautioned those who may proclaim to contest the next general election including all cabinet members and government officials.
All electoral contestants are legally obliged to follow the relevant laws and to not hand out money otherwise they could probably be accused of buying votes.
Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt. Top photo: Matichon, Front Page photo: INN News