PHUKET: A turnout of 72.93% of 54,878 eligible voters cast their ballots at the Tambon Administration Organization (OrBorTor) presidential and council elections held across across eight tambons October 7.
Counting the votes took election officials until midnight last night. Islanders were voting for eight OrBorTor preisdents and 120 councilors.
Of the winners of the OrBorTor presidential elections – all men – five were voted back in as presidents. They were as follows:
Nattapong Wimonpan won the Chalong OrBorTor election with 2,989 votes. Voter turnout was 56.54% of 11,086 eligible voters.
Keukiet Jitkue won the Koh Kaew OrBorTor election with 2,401 votes. Voter turnout was 71% of 5,847 eligible voters.
Sarawut Sisakookarm won the Mai Khao OrBorTor election with 3,816 votes. Voter turnout was 81.12% of 7,763 eligible voters.
Sompob Konkaew won the Thepkrasattri OrBorTor election with 3,746 votes. Voter turnout was 71% of 7,754 eligible voters.
Surapong Panyawai won the Sakoo OrBorTor election with 1,437 votes. Voter turnout was 84.89% of 3,190 eligible voters.
In Kamala, voters waited anxiously late into the night as the votes were being counted. Jutha Doomlak won the election with 1,448 votes. Voter turnout was 87% of 3,428 eligible voters.
He replaced Karoon Seeden, who was installed as Acting President in April after Jaral Sararak was removed from office by Kathu District Chief Khantee Silapa in February amid allegations of corruption.
Other first-time presidents were Tamrong Tantiwiratchakul, who won the Srisoonthorn OrBorTor with 3,733 votes with a voter turnout of 72.54% of 9,272 eligible voters, and Manote Panchalaad, who won the Cherng Talay OrBorTor election with 2,089 votes, from a voter turnout of 82% from 6,538 eligible voters.
An announcement about when the newly-elected OrBorTor presidents and councilors will assume their roles will be made no later than November 6.
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