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Parties make final bid to woo voters

Mar 22. 2019
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Four major political parties will campaign in Bangkok on Friday night, making last-ditch efforts to attract voters in Sunday's general election.

Rallies are being held in four areas and are expected to run from 4pm to 9pm.

The Phalang Pracharat Party will address voters at the Thephasadin Stadium in Pathumwan District. 

Although the party failed to have its prime minister candidate, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, to take on stage in its previous campaigns, it has told voters to expect a surprise on Friday night. 

It remains to be seen whether Prayut will address voters via video clip, as he did previously, or will make an appearance live on stage.

The Democrat Party has chosen Lan Khon Muang plaza in front of the Bangkok City Hall in Phra Nakhon District as its battleground. 

Party leader Abhisit Vejajjiva, a candidate for PM, will ask voters to cast their ballots for the Democrats so the party will form the next government.

Abhisit is expected to stress two issues - neither support dictatorship nor corruption - and vowed to bring back democracy. 

At another camp, Phue Thai will stage its rally at The Thai-Japanese Stadium’s Keelawes 2 in Din Daeng district. 

Its three prime ministerial candidates, Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan, Chadchart Sittipunt, and Chaikasem Nitisiri, will address voters.

The party is likely to appeal for a landslide win so they can form the next government.

Next to the Thaksin-backed party stage, at Keelawes 1 building in the same stadium, Phue Thai’s ally Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit will explain how he intends to drive the country forward if his party is elected.

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