KARON: The Tong Tin Kao Nah Party has won a landslide victory in the Karon Municipal Council elections, which took place on Saturday, winning all of the council’s 12 seats. Two thirds of the municipality’s 3,745 registered voters cast ballots. Tawee Thongchaem, the party’s leader, gathered the highest number of votes, 1,789, setting the stage for him to be selected to serve another term as mayor. He was followed by Ampol Patkoh with 1,349 votes and Sompong Darppeth with 1,327. Tawee was president of the Karon Sanitation District for 12 years. When the sanitation district became a municipality on May 25 last year, he became its first mayor. Losers in the election were the Kata Karon Kao Mai (“new step”) party – no relation to the OrBorJor Kao Mai party which recently won provincial council elections – which put forward six members and six independent candidates. The municipality groups four Moo Baan – Karon, Kata, Klock Chang, and Bangla. Each voter was able to vote for up to 12 of the candidates standing for election.
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