Palang Pracharat party wins landslide victory in Lampang by-election
The ruling Palang Pracharat party won another House seat in the by-election in Constituency 4 of Thailand’s northern province of Lampang on Sunday, increasing its majority in the House of Representatives.
The party’s chief strategist, General Prawit Wongsuwan, thanked the people of Lampang for electing Mr. Wattana Sitthiwang, whose 61,806 votes saw off his main rival, Lt Somboon Klapathon of Seri Ruam Thai party, who received 37,869.
The unofficial poll results for the other candidates are:
- New Economics Party Pathitta Chaimoonchuen 2,177 votes
- Palang Thongthin Thai Party Ampon Kamsriwan 245 votes
- Thai Rak Tham Party Ong-art Sin-ananseth 241 votes
There are 162,806 eligible voters in the constituency and 110,328 cast their votes, representing a 67.77% turnout. 3,169 votes were invalidated. The official poll results await approval from the Election Commission.
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit, who was in Lampang province, also thanked the ruling party’s campaign team and, in particular, Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao, for the poll victory.
He pledged to people in Lampang, and in other provinces, that the Government has been working hard to address the drought problem, to ensure that everyone will have access to sufficient water.