The appointed members of the Bangkok Metropolitan Council (BMC) convened their first meeting yesterday.
Since the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) seized power on May 22, all local elections have been banned. As a result, when seats in local administration organisations become vacant, new members are chosen through a selection process.
The last batch of Bangkok councillors completed their term on August 28, after which 30 councillors were chosen and put in place to take over their responsibilities.
Of the 30 appointed councillors, 29 showed up to attend the BMC meeting yesterday.
The absentee, Somboon Muangklam, said he had a prior official engagement elsewhere. Somboon is now a deputy director-general at the Legal Execution Department.
Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda presided over the BMC's inaugural session.
"Please work for the benefit of Bangkok residents," Anupong told the councillors. "Though you don't come from elections, you have knowledge, ability and maturity."
At the meeting, the BMC resolved that Kriengsak Lohachala, a former Bangkok city clerk, should take over as president. General Kanintorn Wongsaroj and Kitti Bussayapalakarn were named vice presidents. Orientation sessions for the new Bangkok councillors will be held on October 4.