Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha made a strong appeal to voters in the southern province of Songkhla during a campaign event on Sunday, emphasizing the importance of the upcoming May 14 general election and urging the younger generation to help him shape the nation. Addressing a crowd in Muang district, Gen Prayut, the top prime ministerial candidate of the United Thai Nation Party (UTN), underscored the need for change and expressed gratitude for the support from Songkhla residents.
During his speech, Gen Prayut introduced the UTN leader and second prime ministerial candidate, Pirapan Salirathavibhaga, as well as the UTN candidate Jua Ratchasi. Following the event, the prime minister visited several markets in Muang to garner support for the UTN’s parliamentary candidates in the district.
On Saturday evening, Gen Prayut addressed thousands of supporters at the UTN’s inaugural rally in Phatthalung’s Muang district. He asserted that all proposed policies could be implemented if the UTN wins the election and takes control of the House, ultimately leading the next government. Among the key projects he highlighted were developing a double-track rail system for each region, constructing a new motorway to connect the Andaman coast to the Gulf of Thailand, and updating outdated laws.
Gen Prayut also addressed the challenges his government faced due to insufficient funds and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, admitting that some development schemes were left incomplete. He noted, “These policies we want to push can’t proceed if the party has too few seats.” The prime minister sought the electorate’s support for the UTN as he detailed issues that still needed to be addressed.
Over the weekend, Gen Prayut campaigned in the southern provinces of Trang, Phatthalung, and Songkhla, which are considered traditional strongholds of the Democrat Party. His tour concluded with a rally in Songkhla’s Hat Yai district on Sunday. There are 60 constituency seats in the South now up for grabs, an increase from the 50 seats contested in the 2019 election. The UTN is aiming to secure 20 seats in the region, which was divided among the Democrats, the Palang Pracharath Party, the Bhumjaithai Party, the Prachachart Party, and the Action Coalition for Thailand Party in the previous polls.