THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET
THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


Patong readies for local elections

Patong readies for local elections

PHUKET: The people of Patong have not given any feedback comments or suggestions on the voting district boundaries to be used for the upcoming local elections to be held later this year, reports Passakon Siripakayapon, Director-General of the Phuket office of the Election Commission of Thailand (PEC).

patongpoliticseconomicstourism
By The Phuket News

Monday 2 March 2020, 01:01PM


A notice calling for all residents in Patong to give their opinions on the boundaries of the three voting districts was issued late last month. The residents had until last week to give their feedback, explained Mr Passakon.

Having residents approve the boundaries for the voting districts for their areas is a standard procedure before any local elections are held, Mr Passakon said.

“The same must be done for all 19 local administrations and municipalities in Phuket,” he added.

“There have been no changes to the boundaries in Patong since the last local elections were held in 2014,” he confirmed.

At this stage it appears there will be no changes this year.

However, Mr Passakorn noted that the final decision on the boundaries to be used for the upcoming local elections will be finalised by the Election Commission of Thailand and later submitted to the Cabinet for approval.

Voters in each of the three voting areas in Patong will elect six councilors for their area and cast votes to directly elect the Patong Mayor, Mr Passakon explained.

Mitsu Tiansin Motors

According to the Registration Administration Bureau, as of Dec 21 last year there were 21,358 people officially registered as living in Patong, Mr Passakon said.

“Of course not all people registered as living in Patong are eligible to vote as many are not of voting age. I estimate there might be about 10,000 people in Patong who are eligible to vote. We will have a better idea of exactly how many eligible voters there are in Patong later,” he added.

In 2014, the last time any local elections were held in Thailand, former Phuket MP Chalermluck Kebsup won the Patong mayoral election with just 4,390 votes, beating incumbent mayor at the time, Pian Keesin, who garnered just 3,330 votes. (See story here.)

At Mr Passakon’s current estimates, about 5,000 votes still will be enough to secure office as Patong Mayor in a town that generates tens if not hundreds of billions of baht a year in tourism.

Mayor Chalermluck told The Phuket News today (Mar 2) that she was not sure how much money Patong makes in tourism revenues.

Having Patong residents confirm their voting district boundaries is just the latest move on the island in the preparations for upcoming local elections, with Cherng Talay Tambon Administrative Organisation (OrBorTor), Kathu Municipality, Wichit Municipality, Phuket City Municipality and the Phuket PEC itself holding seminars and training sessions to explain the procedures to be followed when holding a local election.

However, asked when local elections will be held, Mr Passakorn said, “I don’t know what date local elections will be held. The actual date has yet to be set by Cabinet, and it might take them many months before they announce when the elections will be held – but they will be held this year.”

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Kurt | 03 March 2020 - 09:41:05

Well, a already 6 years Patong Mayor who is saying that she has no idea about how much money Patong makes in tourism revenues is or lying or not fit for the job if she really doesn't know.. Take you pick. 

 

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Phuket Governor order warns of B20k fine for not wearing mask in public

We all understand that you need the revenue from advertisements to run your business PN, and we appr...(Read More)


Phuket Governor order warns of B20k fine for not wearing mask in public

Can the authorities please go to the roadblock at the Nai Harn road that goes around the lake. The...(Read More)


Governor exempts five hotels to receive new guests

One must ponder as to why these hotels were selected to stay open. I am a naturally suspicious perso...(Read More)


Patong blockade: No face mask, no entry

@DeK, yes, you wrote 'someone', indeed. Stop you insinuating nonsense. Mr Nasa writes commen...(Read More)


Phuket Governor orders ‘Patong Shutdown’

I'm wrong again, so sorry. It is 3-19 HOURS, not days lol. So sorry. ...(Read More)


Phuket Governor orders ’shut down’ for Chalong, Kathu

On another note.We do not hear anymore about water situation on Phuket island. Is this problem now n...(Read More)


Phuket officials announce just four ‘new’ cases of COVID, total hits 123

Kurt,every airport worldwide could be or is a Covid transmitting place.Same as a hospital or a supe...(Read More)


Ban on all international flights to Thailand extended

Shwe, you can find the answer in the article. I will give you a hint: " Cargo"...(Read More)


Phuket Governor orders ‘Patong Shutdown’

Keep calm everyone. Thailand is doing an amazing job under incredibly difficult circumstances. The f...(Read More)


Phuket Governor orders ‘Patong Shutdown’

No Christy, that's not correct. I've put the wrong times down. It is actually 3-19 days unde...(Read More)