Early count has Sukhumbhand leading
- Published: 3/03/2013 at 04:49 PM
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MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra of the opposition Democrat Party was ahead of his Pheu Thai rival Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen in an early vote count in the Bangkok governor election released at 4.23pm.
MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra (Photo by Pattarachai Preechapanich) and Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen (Photo by Kitja Aphichonrojarek)
From early results of the vote count from all districts as of 4.23pm, MR Sukhumbhand was leading with 402,915 votes, followed by Pol Gen Pongsapat with 339,929 votes or 45% to 39%.
Three exit polls and two of three entry polls conducted just before Sunday's election gave the nod to Pol Gen Pongsapat, while MR Sukhumbhand managed to come out ahead in only one entry poll.
Ninnat Chalitanont, the city clerk, believed the voter turnout would be higher than 50% against an earlier expectation that it would be about 70%.
She put the blame on widespread rain in many areas in the afternoon.
Mrs Ninnat expected an unofficial result of the election to come out by 7pm. If without serious complaints, the official result might be announced at 10pm, she added.
Photos by Pattarachai Preechapanich, Chanat Katanyu and Kitja Aphichonrojarek
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