By Thai Newsroom Reporters
THE OPPOSITION PHEU THAI Party today (Jan. 30) won a by-election for MP in Chatuchak/Laksi constituency of Bangkok, widely defeating the ruling Palang Pracharath Party.
Pheu Thai candidate Surachart Tianthong triumphed with 29,416 votes, compared to 7,906 votes secured by Palang Pracharath archrival Saranrat Jenjaka, according to unofficial results of the by-election.
The other also-rans included Move Forward contestant Karunpol Tiansuwan who gained 20,361 votes, Kla contender Attawit Suwanpakdee who was given 20,047 votes and Thai Pakdee candidate Panthep Chatnarat with 5,987 votes.
A total of 88,124 constituents went to the polls, accounting for a 52.68% voter turnout.
The by-election for MP was held to find a replacement for Sira Jenjaka, the spouse of the Palang Pracharath candidate whose MP status was deprived last month due to his retroactive disqualifications to run for MP in the 2019 general election.
Palang Pracharath Party, the biggest coalition partner in government, has been defeated in three by-election contests in a row since earlier this month. The two other mini-races to parliament were earlier held in Chumphorn and Songkhla.
Top: Pheu Thai candidate Surachart Tianthong and other party members pumping their fists after he won today’s by-election. Photo: Naewna
Home Page: Palang Pracharath candidate Saranrat Jenjaka after being defeated in the by-election. Photo: Sanook.com