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Somsak emerges victorious in Khon Kaen by-election

Dec 23. 2019
Somsak Khun-Ngern
Somsak Khun-Ngern
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By THE NATION

Somsak Khun-Ngern of Palang Pracharath Party won the by-election for the vacant Khon Kaen Constituency 7 MP position held in Nongrua and Manjakhiri districts in Khon Kaen province on Sunday (Dec. 22).

The unofficial vote count showed Somsak with 40,252 votes, while his major opponent, Thanik Maseepitak from Pheu Thai Party had 38,010 votes, 2,242 votes behind the winner.

Other candidates include Suthas Pholboon from Pattana Chart Party who has only 306 votes and Pol. Col. Kittikul Kanjanasakul from Thai Liberal Party, who was announced disqualified before the election.

The by-election saw a turnout of 81,063 out of 132,063 eligible voters, or 61.38 per cent. There were 1,680 voided ballots, or 2.07 per cent.

Somsak has won the MP election in his home town for 6 times in 1988, 1992, 1995, 2001, 2005 and 2019 (this by-election). In the March election, he came in second place behind Nawat Tohcharoensuk of Pheu Thai Party, who was later stripped of his MP status after being sentenced to death by Khon Kaen criminal court in October for masterminding a murder.

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