Government parties on top
- Published: 13/12/2010 at 08:45 AM
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Coalition parties keep their seats in yesterday's by-elections on a bad day for the opposition.
Former Bangkok governor Apirak Kosayodhin, centre, celebrates his victory at Democrat party headquarters last evening.
The big question now after yesterday's by-election results is whether they will strengthen the government coalition in the coming months and weaken the opposition Puea Thai party. There are no clear answers yet.
Govt parties buoyed by poll result
Coalition wins four of five constituencie
Yesterday’s by-election results — in which the ruling Democrat Party and its coalition partners won four of the five constituencies — is being interpreted as a sign the government has a strong chance of winning the next general election.
Former Bangkok governor Apirak Kosayodhin of the Democrat Party won the election in Bangkok’s Constituency 2 with an unofficial result of 71,072 votes, compared with 30,506 for Puea Thai party candidate Phongpisut Chitsophon.
Former deputy interior minister Boonjong Wongtrairat, who represented Bhumjaithai in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Constituency 6, won with 82,878 votes, while Puea Thai candidate Apicha Lertpacharakamol received 63,487 votes.
Former deputy transport minister Kuerkul Danchaivichit of Chart Thai Pattana won with 84,518 votes, easing past Puea Thai candidate Ong-art Wachiraphong who received 78,497 votes in Ayutthaya’s Constituency 1.
Supaluck Khuanha of Bhumjaithai won in Surin’s Constituency 3 with 109, 446 votes, compared with 76,486 for Puea Thai’s Pathida Tantiratananon.
Preechaphol Pongpanich of Puea Thai was the only opposition candidate to win, claiming 143,700 votes in Khon Kaen’s Constituency 2, outpacing Democrat candidate Athipprat Tadpichayangkul with 36,338 votes.
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva last night was reluctant to jump to the conclusion that the result was an indication of things to come in the general election next year.
‘‘Different areas have different conditions,’’ he said.
‘‘Politics changes all the time; it needs a profound analysis of this by-election result [to see] what factors made people vote in the way they did,’’ the prime minister said.
Mr Abhisit said he was satisfied the by-elections in the five provinces were conducted free of incident.
Deputy Democrat Party leader and Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij said the result of the by-election in Bangkok’s Constituency 2 showed his party was still popular among Bangkokians and he was confident it would secure more seats at the next general election.
Puea Thai spokesman Prompong Nopparit said yesterday’s results had no bearing on the next general election because of the low voter turnout, particularly in Bangkok.
The seats won by Bhumjaithai were in its stronghold areas.
Bangkok election commissioner Supoj Paiboon said the voter turnout in Bangkok was less than 50% because many voters had not yet returned to the capital after spending the long weekend in the provinces.
Mr Supoj felt that some voters also were showing they were bored with elections after the prime minister announced the general election could be held next year.
Mr Prompong accused state officials of not being impartial. He said they abused their authority by forcing many people to vote in favour of the Democrats and its coalition partners in some constituencies.
He said many voters were carried in trucks to vote in favour of the government parties’ candidates.
Mr Prompong said his party planned to gather information and evidence of cheating. He said he would lodge a complaint with the Election Commission.
buoy – to encourage someone and make them feel more confident สนับสนุน ให้กำลังใจ
poll – an election การเลือกตั้ง
coalition partners – a temporary union of different political parties that agree to form a government together พรรคร่วมรัฐบาล
constituency – a district that elects its own representative to parliament เขตเลือกตั้ง
by-election – an election held to fill an empty seat in parliament การเลือกตั้งซ่อม
ruling – in power; having power over a government
interpret – to decide what the intended meaning of something is อธิบาย,ชี้แจง
candidate – a person who is trying to be elected ผู้สมัครรับเลือกตั้ง
ease past – to win, but by a rather small amount
opposition – of a political party that is not part of the government or a group which is against the government ฝ่ายค้าน ผู้ต่อต้าน
outpace – to go, rise, improve, etc. faster than somebody/something แซงหน้า, มีมากกว่า, ไปเร็วกว่า
reluctant – not willing to do something อย่างไม่เต็มใจ อย่างลังเลใจ
jump to a conclusion – to make a decision about somebody/something too quickly, before you know or have thought about all the facts ด่วนตัดสินใจ, รีบตัดสินใจเร็วเกินไป
indication – a sign that something happened, is true or exists เครื่องบ่งชี้
conditions – the circumstances or situation in which people live, work or do things เหตุการณ์, สภาพการ, สถานการณ์
profound - in depth ลึก
analysis – the detailed study or examination of something in order to understand more about it; the result of the study การวิเคราะห์
factor – a fact or situation which influences the result of something ปัจจัย
conduct – to do something in an organised way; to carry out — ลงมือทำ, ดำเนิน, ปฏิบัติ
incident – something that happens, usually something bad เหตุการณ์
confident – being certain of your abilities or of having trust in people, plans, or the future มั่นใจ
secure – to get or achieve something ได้รับ, ทำให้ได้ผล
bearing on – to be relevant/not relevant to something, or to have an influence/no influence on it การให้ผล
turnout – the number or percentage of eligible voters who vote in an election จำนวนผู้ออกมาลงคะแนน
stronghold – an area where there is a lot of support for a political party ฐานเสียง, ฐานที่มั่น, ขุมกำลัง
commissioner – a member of a commission, a group of people who have been formally chosen to discover information about a problem or examine the reasons why the problem exists กรรมาธิการ ผู้ได้รับมอบหมายอำนาจหน้าที่
bored – feeling impatient or dissatisfied, because you are not interested in something or because you have nothing to do เบื่อหน่าย เหนื่อยหน่าย
impartial – fair; not connected to or influenced by one particular person or group เป็นกลาง ไม่เข้าข้างฝ่ายใด ยุติธรรม
abuse of authority – the use of power in a bad, dishonest or unlawful way การใช้อำนาจในทางที่ผิด
in favour of – supporting a person or an idea, proposal etc that you believe is right พิพากษาให้
evidence – facts statements or objects that help to prove whether or not someone has committed a crime หลักฐาน
lodge a complaint – to make a formal statement to someone in authority that someone has done something wrong ยื่นคำร้อง
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