Bangkok governor candidate Pongsapat Pongcharoen unveiled eight campaign pledges at a meeting at Pheu Thai Party headquarters Wednesday.
About 500 party MPs, and Bangkok district councillors turned out for the launch.
Pol Gen Pongsapat vowed to boost people’s incomes by cutting their expenses and trying to relieve debt.
Measures to achieve this would include protecting Bangkok retailers from extortion rackets and from having to pay unreasonably high rents.
He would also encourage trade through promoting local products from Bangkok communities and establishing new markets.
Other policy areas mentioned by Pol Gen Pongsapat Wednesday covered new transport networks, crime suppression, a drug crackdown, and flood defence management.
He also vowed to improve garbage collection by introducing services throughout the day and to introduce a Chao Phraya riverside walkway and improve the city’s footpaths.
Pol Gen Pongsapat called on the party’s Bangkok MPs and councillors to reach out to all households in the capital to explain his policies to them.
He said the policies are a result of having listened to party colleagues who explained problems in the areas they represent.
According to a party source, the pledges comprised what he said was the first of four phases of the campaign.
The second will cover details involving security for people and their property.
The third will address traffic problems and the fourth one will involve quality of life, social and education issues.
A new phase will be revealed every week before the election, the source said.
Pheu Thai Party director Phumtham Wechayachai’s working team had instructed party members to carefully study policies, as the needs of voters vary depending on each area.
Local members must also expand their networks, the source added.
Meanwhile, Pol Gen Pongsapat was still ahead in the election race according to a Nida Poll released Wednesday.
Asked who they would vote for if the election took place now, 23.8 per cent of respondents said Pol Gen Pongsapat, 19.2 per cent backed Sukhumbhand Paribatra of the Democrats, and 5.1 per cent supported former national police chief Pol Gen Sereepisut Temeyaves, who is an independent candidate, Nida Poll said.
Suharit Siamwalla was in fourth place, on 1.1 per cent, followed by Kosit Suvinitjit (0.2 per cent), and Sanhapoj Suksrimuang (0.07 per cent).
As many as 48 per cent of those polled said they had not yet made a decision and 2.2 per cent said they would not bother to vote in the election. The pollster said opinions were sought from 1,503 people in all 50 districts of Bangkok between Jan 23 and Jan 26.