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Democrat candidate wins Ratchaburi’s by-election


By Thai Newsroom Reporters

A DEMOCRAT PARTY CANDIDATE has won today’s (May 21) by-election for MP of Ratchaburi, according to unofficial reports.

The Democrat, Chaitip Kamonpantip, won 51,743 votes from constituents in Constituency 3 covering Bhotharam and Jom Bueng districts of the western province.

Chaitip who has earlier performed as provincial councillor representing Bhotharam district is replacing ex-Palang Pracharath MP Pareena Kraikupt, who was earlier deprived by court of the lawmaker’s status due to her convicted encroachment upon a forest reserve in part of her own constituency.

Defeated in the race to parliament were Thai Liberal Party contender Nattanan Nitiponyangsa-nga, a woman lawyer who secured 16,853 votes and Equality Party candidate Pinyosilp Sangwanwong, a former deputy head of a subdistrict administrative organisation who was given 1,889 votes.


Winner of the Ratchaburi by-election Chaitip Kamonpantip, left, with Democrat Party leader Jurin Laksanawisit who concurrently performs as deputy prime minister-cum-commerce minister at rear. Photo: Matichon

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