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Thai parties pull last efforts to woo voters ahead of general election

BANGKOK, May 12 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's political parties held large gatherings on Friday in last efforts to attract voters ahead of the general election.

Major campaign events were staged in the capital Bangkok, which allowed party leaders to reiterate their respective campaign pledges before voters go to polling stations on Sunday.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, seeking reelection as a candidate of the newly established Ruam Thai Sang Chart Party (United Thai Nation Party), joined supporters at a major convention center in Bangkok, calling for support for him to continue to be the premier.

The main opposition Pheu Thai Party, which has been leading in opinion polls in the run-up to the election, held its rally under the theme that asks its supporters to give a "landslide" victory to change the Southeast Asian country.

Meanwhile, supporters packed an indoor stadium for a rally organized by the opposition Move Forward Party, which was gaining traction recently beyond its support base of young voters.

Under the two-ballot system with one vote for the 400 constituency members of parliament (MPs) and another for their preferred party vying for the 100 party-list MPs, voters will elect a total of 500 members to the House of Representatives, or lower house of the parliament, on Sunday.