Palang Pracharath wrests Nakhon Si Thammarat seat from Democrats in by-election
Palang Pracharath Party candidate Ayasit Srisuwan won the by-election for the vacant Nakhon Si Thammarat Constituency 3 held on Sunday, wresting the MP seat from coalition partner Democrat Party.
The Election Commission announced the unofficial vote count at 10.30pm on Sunday. Ayasit received 48,701 votes, followed by Phongsin Senpong of Democrat Party with 44,632 votes, Sarawut Suwanrat from Kla Party 6,216 votes, and Apirat Rattanaphan from Thai Liberal Party at 2,302 votes.
The by-election on Sunday saw a turnout of 105,468 out of 152,020 eligible voters, or 69.38 per cent. Of the total ballots cast, 1.66 per cent were voided while 1.77 per cent of voters did not vote for any candidate.
The by-election was held after Democrat MP Thepthai Senpong was disqualified by the Constitutional Court earlier this year. He was found guilty of election fraud by the Nakhon Si Thammarat provincial court.
He has appealed against that conviction.
The Democrats fielded his brother, Phongsin, as candidate for the by-election, but he finished second.