Phuket's village leaders or pooyaibaan are traditionally appointed for life. So are the district chiefs, or gamnan, who also face the prospect of a regular election.
They earn a salary and are entitled to keep a ''peacemaker'' firearm in case of a serious disturbance in the village.
Across Thailand there are 7077 district chiefs, earning 10,000 baht a month, and 68,785 village leaders, earning 8000 baht a month for life.
There are also an equal number of deputy village leaders, earning 5000 baht.
The move to bring the traditional village ways into the 21st century has little appeal for the existing holders of the positions.
However, as proponents of the elections every five years have pointed out, village chief are just as prone as others to run off with a younger woman or change character with the passing of time.
Today at Phuket Provincial Hall the village chiefs gathered at 9am and carried a banner urging MPs to drop their proposal or face a campaign in response from the villages.
Village chiefs are usually the first person contacted whenever there are problems, large or small.
If the village chief can't solve the problem or end perhaps a small dispute between neighbors peacefully, the issue is then elevated to the district chief for settlement.
The gathering presented a letter today to the senior officer at Phuket Provincial Hall, Chaiwat Thapee, to forward to Bangkok.
A similar reaction can be expected from village leaders and district chiefs around Thailand.