PHUKET: In the inaugural sitting of the new Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor) council on Wednesday, Pradit Sangjan secured 18 votes of the 24-seat council to be elected council chairman.
K. Pradit, who represents Muang District 11, in Wichit, bested Somkuan Tansakul, the only other candidate nominated to contest the position.
K. Somkuan represents Muang District 1, comprising Samkong in Phuket City.
As chairman, K. Pradit does not vote in the first instance, but has the power to call a re-vote or decide on a vote in the case of a deadlock.
In other OrBorJor business, Sanit Siriwat (Thalang District 5, Thepkrasattri) was voted vice-chairman and Teera Jiasakul (Muang District 10, Wichit) was voted second vice-chairman.
Kraiwut Kumban was voted OrBorJor Secretary.
OrBorJor President Paiboon Upatising appointed Chawalit Na Nakhon and Soratam Jinda as his vice-presidents.
Four people were named OrBorJor consultants: Arsin Arammetapong (tourism issues), Jirayut Songyot (“quality of life” issues), Somchai Duangkhae (education) and Jirasak Tortip (Societal issues and Islamic relations).
Presiding over the session was Phuket Governor Niran Kalayanamit. Also present were Phuket Vice-Governor Smith Palawatwichai and Phuket Provincial Police Chief Maj Gen Decha Budnampetch.
OrBorJor Chief Administrative Officer (Palad) Manop Leelasuthanon served as secretary for the proceedings.
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