Connect with us


Democrats in landslide victory



PHUKET TOWN: The ruling Thai Rak Thai (TRT) party’s attempt to become a force in provincial politics in Phuket received a stinging setback in yesterday’s elections for the presidency of the Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor), with the TRT candidate coming last by a long way. The winner, after vote-counting ended at about 4 am today, was Democrat candidate and former member of parliament Anchalee Vanich-Thepabutr, who polled 59,639 votes, followed by independents Wisut Santikul (34,505 votes) and Soratham Jinda (11,106), and TRT candidate Pol Col Apirak Hongtong (4,977). The Democrats also managed to get 19 of their 20 OrBorJor member candidates elected, giving them an overwhelming majority in the 24-seat council. “I’d like to thank all those people who voted for us,” K. Anchalee told the Gazette. “They trusted us, so we will do our best to develop Phuket along the lines we explained [in the election campaign].” She said, “I’ve heard that someone filed a complaint with the Provincial Election Commission (PEC) that I gave calendars to people. The PEC will consider if there’s anything wrong but we are confident we have done nothing to break the regulations.” Wisut Santikul, the leader of the recently-formed independent OrBorJor Gao Mai – Khon Baan Rao (New Step – Our People) party told the Gazette that he believed he had lost because of the recent steeply rising popularity of the Democrats in Phuket. “Another reason is that people got the mistaken impression that I was somehow representing the TRT, even though I kept telling them I was not,” he said. At least one candidate was not beyond using dirty tricks, he noted. “One day before the election a leaflet was circulated, accusing me of raping a 13-year-old student. The leaflets were distributed everywhere, even to my home.” Though K. Wisut failed to get elected, two of the 20 candidates his party fielded made it into the council. He added that he will be watching the new administration closely, and has no plans to withdraw from politics any time soon. The TRT candidate, Col Apirak, asked to comment on his performance, declined to do so, saying that he would wait until after the results have been officially verified. “Until the results have been approved, nobody can draw any conclusions,” he said. Phuket Election Commission (PEC) President Dr Prapa Kayee told the Gazette that the PEC has received some complaints about OrBorJor Presidency candidates but none, so far, about member candidates. She declined to give further details. The OrBorJor election center announced that 114,322 people voted out of an electorate of 181,806 – a turnout of 63%. There were 4,095 spoiled ballot sheets.


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand12 mins ago

UPDATE: Woman who allegedly abused a soldier is a police officer

Kanchanaburi23 mins ago

Police shoot and kill major drug trafficker in Kanchanaburi

Tourism34 mins ago

Thailand’s CCSA talk tourist stats, visas on arrival and home isolation

Thailand41 mins ago

RTN’s ocean conservation activity accused of spoiling ecosystem

Chon Buri1 hour ago

Ferocious cobra bites rescuer’s girlfriend in Chon Buri

Thailand2 hours ago

Angry tourists demand refunds from tour operators in Thailand

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand3 hours ago

Motorbike taxi driver saves teenager from suicide in eastern Thailand

South4 hours ago

UPDATE: BRN insurgents admits to Deep South bombings

Crime4 hours ago

Alleged kidnapper arrested, girl reunited with parents after months

Cannabis4 hours ago

New govt bill on cannabis hopes to clear blurred lines in Thailand

Crime4 hours ago

Famous Thai actress “Pinky” jailed for Forex-3D scam, denied bail

Chon Buri5 hours ago

Father tragically drowns while fishing in Chon Buri pond

Crime5 hours ago

South African’s life sentence reduced to 33 years for drug trafficking in Thailand

Thailand5 hours ago

PM’s office is one of Thailand’s top advertising spenders

What you get for $X5 hours ago

What $500,000 buys you for a condo in Phuket, Pattaya, Koh Samui, and Bangkok

Thailand11 months ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism1 year ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11