Tankhun wins Don Muang by-election
- Published: 16/06/2013 at 07:55 PM
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The Bangkok Election Commission has officially confirmed that Tankhun Jitt-itsra of the opposition Democrat Party has snatched Bangkok Constituency 12 (Don Muang) from the ruling Pheu Thai Party in Sunday's by-election.
Supot Phaibul, the Bangkok EC chairman, said according to an official count, 32,710 voters backed Mr Tankhun, while the Pheu Thai candidate Yuranan Pamornmontri received 30,624 votes.
A total of 66,373 eligible voters, or 61.81% of the total, turned out to cast their ballots, of which 1,261 of them, or 1.90%, were declared no votes.
Tankhun Jitt-itsra, left, and Yuranan Pamornmontri (Photos by Thiti Wannamontha and Apichit Jinakul)
Mr Tankhun said after the unofficial result was announced earlier in the evening that he would work to the utmost of his ability for the people who voted for him or his political opponents.
"This is a victory of the Don Muang people. I'll do my best after being given a chance by the Democrat Party and the general public," the Democrat member said.
If members of the ruling Pheu Thai had good ideas for the Don Muang people, the Democrats will listen to them, he added.
Mr Yuranan said he accepted defeat and would like to congratulate Mr Tankhun.
"I'll take all the blame for this loss. I had only 18 days to campaign while Mr Tankhun has had two years," Mr Yuranan said. "If I had a week or two more, the difference of about 2,000 votes would not have been a problem."
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Minister Anudith Nakornthap, also a Pheu Thai member, said Pheu Thai accepted the voters' decision.
"Pheu Thai will use the lessons learned from this defeat to improve its work and to answer the needs of the people in Bangkok," Gp Capt Anudith said. "This by-election result will not affect the general election in the next two years."
When reporters asked him whether Pheu Thai made a wrong move by having Mr Yuranan resign from the party list to contest the by-election, the ICT minister said the party had considered the issue thoroughly.
"We had only 18 days to campaign, but we received about 30,000 votes from the people of Don Muang. The figure is satisfying," Gp Capt Anudith said.
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