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Pheu Thai wins 101 seats in Isaan
« on: July 04, 2011, 07:47:03 AM »
Pheu Thai wins 101 seats in NE

Pheu Thai party has kept its grip over the Northeast, winning 101 seats, provisional results suggest.

With 94.85 of votes counted last night, the party, which has its support base in the North and Northeast, had won all but 25 seats in the region.

The 25 seats went to Bhumjaithai, with 13, Chart Pattana Puea Pandin, with six, the Democrats, with five, and Chartthaipattana, with one.

Voters' faith in Pheu Thai's policies and the party's de facto leader, Thaksin Shinawatra, remains unshaken.

The Northeast remains the deciding factor for a general election victory.

Pheu Thai strategists wooed voters with campaigns to bring Thaksin back to Thailand and have his youngest sister Yingluck Shinawatra, the party's top list candidate, serve as the first woman prime minister and a catalyst for national reconciliation.

Pheu Thai Party even won two seats in the lower Northeast, which is the stronghold of the Bhumjaithai Party.

Rural people flocked to polling units.

In Nakhon Ratchasima, many voters turned up at polling stations early.

Gen Weerawut Songsai, chief of election authorities in the province, said Nakhon Ratchasima people came out in large numbers, and the turnout should reach 75%.

Two elderly men tore up their ballots in a polling unit of tambon Maklua Mai of Sung Noen district.

Saeng Prompakdee, 79, said he tore up his ballot because he could not insert the ballot sheets into their boxes.

He thought it would be easier to put them in, one part after another.

Somkhuan Lomthonglor, 64, said he thought he heard an official at the polling unit telling him to tear up his ballot.

In Wapi Pathum district of Maha Sarakham, Mrs Boonsom Namsomboon, 81, was fined for damaging her ballot sheets as she put a hole in the box of the party for which she wanted to vote, instead of marking it with a pen. She said she could not find a pen in her polling booth.

Elderly voters arrived at polling units before younger voters in Nong Khai. However, many voters could not vote because they registered for voting outside their province but forgot to inform authorities beforehand.

Local election authorities blamed the misunderstanding on registrars from the Provincial Administration Department under the Interior Ministry.

In Buri Ram, former parliament president Chai Chidchob and his wife La-ong voted in Constituency 1. He urged MPs to attend House sessions more often to prevent problems with having to adjourn meetings for lack of a quorum.

In Nakhon Phanom, many voters including provincial governor Rerngsak Mahawinijchaimontree came out early in the hope of avoiding rain, which fell in the afternoon.

In Si Sa Ket and Surin provinces, voters from border villages who were affected by border clashes between Thai and Cambodian troops in recent months came out to vote amid heavy security.

In Si Sa Ket, border villages were patrolled by soldiers from the Suranaree Task Force.

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Re: Pheu Thai wins 101 seats in Isaan
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2011, 11:00:57 AM »
Thaksin's sister is a hottie.