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Khon Kaen - Northeast by-election encourages coalition
« on: December 15, 2010, 12:19:52 AM »
Northeast by-election encourages coalition

Democrat secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban said yesterday the performance of party candidate Athipprat Tadpichayangkul was "sweet" despite him losing by more than 100,000 votes to his Puea Thai Party opponent.

Unofficial results from the Election Commission show Mr Athipprat received 36,338 votes while Puea Thai's Preechaphol Pongpanich bagged 143,700 votes in the Khon Kaen Constituency 2 by-election.

The Democrat candidate received only about 7,000 votes in the last election.

Mr Suthep admitted that winning the election in Khon Kaen was a pipedream but the result was "a good sign".

"It showed that people in the Northeast had come to understand the government's policies," he said.

Democrat list MP Withoon Nambutr, director of the party's by-election campaign in Khon Kaen, said the poll result indicated better prospects for the party at the next general election.

Mr Withoon said the increase in votes was a direct result of the party's growing popularity, not Mr Athipprat's. He said Mr Athipprat was not a native of Khon Kaen and did not have a political base there which might give him an edge over his political rivals.

Mr Withoon said the Democrat Party should win more list-MP seats in the Northeast in the next poll if the increased vote could be sustained.

The prime minister's private spokesman, Thepthai Senpong, said the party would use its experience in the Sunday by-elections to improve its future election campaigning.

"It is evident that the northeastern people have opened their hearts to the Democrat Party," he said.

He also noted that the opposition Puea Thai Party had suffered serious losses in the weekend by-elections by failing to win in Nakhon Ratchasima and Surin. Puea Thai chief MP Chalerm Yubamrung earlier claimed his party would win four of the five seats on offer, but the coalition government won all of them except Khon Kaen.

Puea Thai spokesman Prompong Nopparit said the opposition party would review its campaign strategies today.

The party did not believe the outcome of the by-elections was an indicator for the next general election because the party had had time constraints in campaigning.

The EC yesterday expressed satisfaction with the voter turnout.

EC member Prapun Naigowit said the average turnout for the polls was 54.85%.

Bangkok registered the lowest turnout of 33.73% while Nakhon Ratchasima saw the highest at 68.32%.

Mr Prapun said the EC would announce the official poll result within seven days if there were no complaints against the winners.

In other seats, former deputy interior minister Boonjong Wongtrairat and Supaluck Khuanha of the coalition Bhumjaithai Party won seats in Nakhon Ratchasima's Constituency 6 and Surin's Constituency 3 respectively.

Former Bangkok governor Apirak Kosayodhin won Bangkok's Constituency2 for the Democrat Party while former deputy transport minister Kuerkul Danchaivichit of Chart Thai Pattana won in Constituency 1 in Ayutthaya.

Bangkok Post