According to unofficial results posted at Saphan Hin last night, only 150,326 of Phuket’s 274,407 eligible voters turned out to cast their votes in the referendum
The turnout of only 54.78 per cent was a huge shortfall on the 80% turnout hoped for, but only 3% short of the national average. (See story here.)
All votes cast for Phuket were counted last night, with 3,181 spoiled ballots reducing the number of countable votes 147,819. Of those, 88.03% agreed to introduce the draft constitution, and 85.59% agreed to allow the NCPO to select the entire Senate, who will be able to vote with elected MPs to choose the prime minister.
A total of 370 polling stations were set up throughout Phuket, with 209 in Phuket Town, 98 in Thalang and 63 in Kathu, as well as polling stations on islands within Phuket’s administrative jurisdiction, such as Koh Lone, Koh Maphrao and Naka Island.
The results posted by referendum officials at Saphan Hin were as follows:
(Agree or disagree to introduce draft constitution)
Phuket City: Agree - 73,249; Disagree - 9,315.
Kathu: Agree - 16,082; Disagree - 2,655.
Thalang: Agree - 34,335; Disagree - 4,621.
Total votes cast in Phuket: Agree - 123,666; Disagree - 16,591.
Phuket votes cast from outside Phuket: Agree - 1,977; Disagree 490.
Total (all votes counted): Agree - 125,643; Disagree 17,081
(Whether or not to allow the NCPO to select all 250 members of the Senate, who will be able to vote with elected MPs to choose the prime minister.)
Phuket City: Agree - 69,330; Disagree - 10,925.
Kathu: Agree - 15,192; Disagree - 3,189.
Thalang: Agree - 32,602; Disagree - 5,293.
Total votes cast in Phuket: Agree - 117,124; Disagree - 19,407.
Phuket votes cast from outside Phuket: Agree - 1,845; Disagree - 615.
Total (all votes counted): Agree - 118,969; Disagree - 20,022.
The results at this stage are “unofficial” as they have yet to be ratified.
Phuket Governor Chamreon Tipayapongthada this morning thanked all voters who took part in the referendum.
“Thank you to everyone for coming up to vote on the constitutional referendum day, August 7,” he said.