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Democrat candidates win both southern constituencies in Sunday’s by-election


By Thai Newsroom Reporters

THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S candidates scored a victory in two southern constituencies over the Palang Pracharath Party’s contestants in today’s (Jan. 16) by-election for MP, according to unofficial reports.

In Constituency 1 of Chumphon, the Democrat candidate, Issarapong Mark-ampai, gained 48,981 votes, compared to 32,229 votes cast for the Palang Pracharath contestant, Chavalit Ardharn, say the unofficial reports from the Election Commission.

In Constituency 6 of Songkhla, the Democrat candidate, Supaporn Kamnerdpol, won 40,963 votes whereas the Palang Pracharath contender, Anukul Prueksanusak, secured 34,517 votes.

The by-election was held to bring in the two newly-voted lawmakers as replacements for two Democrat MPs, namely Chumpol Julasai of Chumphorn and Thaworn Senniam of Songkhla, who were earlier deposed of MP status due to severe misconducts pertaining to the 2014’s anti-vote street activism organised by the now-defunct People’s Democratic Reform Committee.

Meanwhile, another by-election for MP will be held for Constituency 9 of Bangkok scheduled for January 30 where three major candidates have been vying, including Palang Pracharath candidate Saranrat Jenjaka, Pheu Thai candidate Surachart Tianthong and Move Forward candidate Karunpol Tiansuwan.


Top: Ms. Supaporn Kamnerdpol, Democrat Party’s candidate in Songkhla, pumps her fist after her victory today. Photo: Matichon

First below: Democrat Party candidate Issarapong Mark-ampai pumping his fists in the air after his victory in Chumphon today. Photo: Matichon 

Second below: Democrat Party bigwigs attend a big campaign rally for their Chumphon candidate Issarapong Mark-ampai on Friday Jan. 14. Photo: Matichon

Third below: Palang Pracharat Party leader Prawit Wongsuwan and his team canvassing for votes in the south. Photo: Matichon

Fourth below: Mr. Itthiporn Boonprakong, chairman of the Election Commission, talking to the press after the voting ended in the Chumphon by-election. He said he is pleased as the turnout is expected to reach 70 percent. Photo: Matichon

Home Page: Democrat Party candidate Issarapong Mark-ampai thanking people after his victory in Chumphon today. Photo: Naewna

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