Finally, a date to ponder. An event much speculated, oft-discussed but, it seemed, in the state of long term limbo, its certainty anything but certain. After years of deep freeze, partisan politics will be returning to Bangkok. The gubernatorial election, along with its associated local races, is soon to be officially scheduled.
Not that this was entirely unforeseen. For months a steady stream of candidates have been announcing their campaigns and unveiling their platforms. Riders of the Bangkok skytrain may by now be rather familiar with Suchatvee Suwansawat’s advertisements. The Move Forward party’s fans spent weeks speculating on who the party’s candidate would be. Rosana Tositrakul, a former Bangkok senator, continues a campaign she has long launched. Former transport minister Chadchart Sittipunt seems to have run — physically, that is — through the entire city. And we continue to guess about whether the incumbent, Governor Asawin Kwanmuang, will throw his hat in the ring, while his network of politicians have already put up posters proclaiming themselves as ‘Bangkok’s knights.’