Most voters unaware of Senate's role

About two-thirds of people polled said they had no idea what were the main job responsibilities of senators, Bangkok Poll said on Sunday.

The pollster at the Research Centre at Bangkok University reported the results of a survey on “Thai People and the 2014 Senate Elections”, interviewing 1,090 eligible voters of all educational levels and occupations nationwide.

Bangkok Poll said 63% of the respondents knew that the senate elections would be held on March 30 while 37% did not. 

Asked whether they would cast a vote on that day, 55.9% said they would, 18.8% would not, saying they had other errands to run, and 25.3% had not yet decided.

However, 64.3% admitted they did not know about senators’ role in parliament while 35.7% could point out that the Senate was duty bound to deliberate bills, examine the government’s work and scrutinise its use of state budgets, among others.    

A total of 457 candidates have registered to run for Senate seats in all 77 provinces, with Bangkok having the highest number of candidacies with 18. 

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