Chadchart leads the latest NIDA poll, Asawin maintains second

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Results from the third Bangkok gubernatorial NIDA Poll on Friday showed that independent candidate Chadchart Sittipunt is still way ahead of other candidates for the upcoming Bangkok gubernatorial election.

The election will be held on May 22.

The survey by the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) has a sample size of 1,354 eligible voters from all 50 districts of Bangkok with different levels of education, occupation, and income and it was conducted between May 9 and 10.

Chadchart led the poll with 45.13 per cent of respondees saying they would vote for the former Pheu Thai MP, followed by former governor Aswin Kwanmuang who is running independently at 11.37 per cent, and Move Forward Party’s candidate Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn at 9.75 per cent.

The second round of the survey was released on May 2 and also showed Chadchart leading at 44.58 per cent and Aswin was also in second place with 11.27 per cent.

Chadchart told reporters on Friday that the results of the poll cannot be used to measure votes and he will continue to try to communicate with people who are still undecided so that they can know about his policies.

The results from the third round of surveys showed that the number of people who were undecided and people who will vote for no one have reduced when compared to the second round while the numbers of people who said they would vote for Chadchart, Wiroj, and Sakoltee Phattiyakul, former deputy governor, have increased.

“For first time voters, this election will have the most impact on their lives because they will be spending the longest time in the capital when compared to other groups and the result of the election will affect the quality of their lives and the opportunities that they would get in the future,” Chadchart said.

“This is the best time for them to go out and vote for the first time and I want them to be aware, study the information, and go out to vote for people who they can trust,” he said.

He also said that people should vote based on policies, not because of political strategy or their hatred for other candidates.

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