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Thailand: Surprise Opposition Victory in Bangkok Governor Race
Written by Mong Palatino On 3 March 2013 @ 23:25 pm | No Comments
In Breaking News, East Asia, Elections, English, Politics, Thailand, Weblog
Bangkok Pundit  provides an initial analysis of the voting numbers:
E. This is also the closest election in terms of narrowest margin (180,000 vs 292,402 in 2004) or % (6.5% vs 12.3% in 2004).
F. The vote for independents drops to less than 300,000 votes or 11.28%. As is happening nationally, Thailand is becoming more of a two-party system.
Using the #bkkvote  hashtag, below are some reactions of Thai netizens
@Tinapotjanank  If I were a bangkokian, I would vote for Suharit (no.17) anyway congrats to Sukhumbhand, four more (boring) years…
@tulsathit  Oh, before I go, the much-taunted Sukhumbhand seems to have broken Samak Sundaravej's record as the biggest vote gatherer.
@veen_NT  Historical Bangkok voter turnout at 64% – good job Bangkokians, do try harder next time.
@Saksith  If I'm not mistaken, Bangkok and one other province are the only ones where the Governor is elected, the rest appointed.
Praj Kiatpongsan  observes the scene in the headquarters of the defeated party:
The atmosphere at the Pheu Thai party headquarters on Petchburi Road turned bitter as some supporters of Pongsapat angrily punched a TV screen, screamed profanity and pointed their fingers at the face of MR Sukhumbhand Partibatra, who was addressing a victory speech live from the Democrat Party headquarters.
Suthichai Yoon  urges polling agencies to revise their techniques:
Various polling agencies must now conduct some serious soul-searching and to revise their polling techniques which have now been proven seriously flawed. It would take quite a while before any trust in all those well-known polls could be restored. And they must admit that it's unfair and unprofessional to blame it all on the respondents who have been accused of the pollsters of having “lied” to the volunteers seeking their views.
Bangkokians have spoken, and loudly so…with almost 64% voter turnout, much higher than the last election despite the downpours in certain constituencies this afternoon
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 @Tinapotjanank: https://twitter.com/Tinapotjanank/status/308237815995584512
 @tulsathit: https://twitter.com/tulsathit/status/308176000162881536
 @veen_NT: https://twitter.com/veen_NT/status/308197163685535745
 @Saksith: https://twitter.com/Saksith/status/308077412602753024
 Praj Kiatpongsan: http://www.coconutsbangkok.com/news/cheers-and-jeers-after-bangkok-election-surprise-win/
 Suthichai Yoon: http://suthichaiyoon.blogspot.com/2013/03/lessons-learned-for-all-concerned-in.html
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