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Princess Ubolratana running for the March 24 Thai election

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The Thai Raksa Chart Party has thrown Thai politics into chaos after it nominated Princess Ubolratana Mahidol as its candidate as prime minister. The princess is His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s elder sister.

Thai Raksa Chart Party nominated Princess Ubolratana as its candidate to be prime minister this morning. Today is the final day for political parties to announce candidates and Prime Ministerial candidates for the March 24 poll.

The party officially registered the surprise PM candidate as the media rushed to get the news at the Office of the Election Commission in Bangkok.

The announcement was a popular, if unlikely, election rumour yesterday and overnight, but no media reported her name or the royal connection.

The move is a serious political blow to current PM Prayut Chan-o-cha and the Palang Pracharath Party to extend power of the military government by being elected in the March 24 elections.

Additionally controversial is that the Thai Raksa Chart has close links with the Pheu Thai Party, both the stamping ground of the fugitive former PMs Thaksin and Yingluck Shinawatra.

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Pheu Thai wins the Lower House – Unofficial from the EC

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The Election Commission has just announced the official tally for constituency MPs, showing that Pheu Thai Party has won 138 of the 350 seats on offer.

Phalang Pracharat, meanwhile, came in second with 96 seats, trailed by Bhumjaithai with 39. The Democrats only won 33 seats, while Future Forward snared 30.

The rest of the seats were shared between Chartthaipattana (7), Prachachart (6) and Action Coalition for Thailand (1)

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Two Future Forward candidates win Pheu Thai strongholds in Chiang Rai

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Two long-time champions of the Pheu Thai Party in Chiang Rai have been defeated by candidates of the new Future Forward Party in yesterday’s general election.

In Constituency 1, Pheu Thai several-term MP Samart Kaewmeechai was toppled by Future Forward’s Ekkapop Pianpiset in a closely run contest.

Ekkapop, who had resigned his position as a doctor at a private hospital in Chiang Rai to contest the election, got 28,916 votes, while Samart received 27,048.

Another veteran politician in the same constituency, Phalang Pracharat’s Ratana Jongsutthamanee, came third with 26,745 votes.

In Constituency 6 of the province, Future Forward’s Phiradej Khamsamut soundly defeated long-standing Pheu Thai MP Itthidej Kaewluang.

Phiradej received 22,742 votes, while Itthidejl got 16,170.

Phiradej was a businessman running a hotel and a restaurant in Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district, as well as operating a real-estate business before he joined Future Forward.

He said he had not expected his victory because the constituency had a veteran politician with a strong political base. Now that he had won he says he will do his best as an MP.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Police checking 50, mostly, minor violations post election day

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Police around Thailand are prosecuting 50 alleged violations of election laws and continue to monitor the post-poll situation for further signs of potential trouble.

The Royal Thai Police say they’re on alert for ‘ill-intentioned groups’ fomenting post-election chaos, national police deputy spokesman Colonel Krissana Pattanacharoen said this morning.

The 50 cases under investigation include buying votes, deliberate destruction of ballots and the sale of alcohol while polling was underway.

Krissana says police were working closely with the Election Commission to ensure fast, transparent and fair investigations.

He said both the March 17 advance polling and yesterday’s election proceeded without violence and national police chief Pol General Chakthip Chaijinda had thanked the rank and file for their good work in providing public order and security at polling stations, facilitating traffic flow, and serving in the transport and safeguarding of ballot boxes.

Intelligence officers were now monitoring the situation, he said.

SOURCE: The Nation

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