Prayut happy with ‘22’, as party leaders draw party election numbers


Incumbent Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today (Tuesday) that he is happy with 22 as the election number of his United Thai Nation Party, saying that any number is fine for him. A senior member of the Thai Liberal Party, however, says 22 may not be a lucky number.

Prayut said that the election numbers alone may make it easier for voters to remember the parties for which they will vote, but the policies of each party are what people vote for or against, adding that the United Thai Nation Party will continue the policies already implemented by the government.

Somchai Srisutthiyakorn, a former election commissioner and, currently, strategy chief of the Thai Liberal Party, pointed out that 22 could invoke memories of May 22nd, 2014, when the military, led by General Prayut, staged a coup and overthrew the government of then Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

The Thai Liberal Party, led by former national police chief Pol Gen Sereepisuth Temeeyaves, got the number 25 in the draw.

In his Facebook post, Somchai said that 25 is an auspicious number, because it matches the number of House seats that the party is hopes to win.

Thai Sang Thai Party leader Sudarat Keyuraphan claims that the number 32 is auspicious, because it matches the number of the party’s policies.

49 parties drew party numbers today. The Pheu Thai Party got number 29, Move Forward got 31, Palang Pracharath number 37, Bhumjaithai party number 7, Chart Pattana Kla party 14 and Chart Thai Pattana 18.

Number 1 went to Mai party.

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