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Incumbent reelected Bangkok governor


October 6, 2008

Incumbent reelected Bangkok governor
Apirak Kosayodhin has won reelection to another four-year term as governor of the Thai capital, Kyodo news quoted the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration as saying late Sunday.

According to the final results of Sunday's election announced by BMA Permanent Secretary Pongsak Semsan and the local Election Commission, Apirak from the Democratic Party got 991,018 votes, or 45.93 percent of the total votes, while the ruling People Power Party's candidate, Prapat Wongsanguan, received 543,488 votes, or 25.19 percent.

A total of sixteen candidates entered the election. Among them, massage-parlor tycoon Chuwit Kamolvisit received 340,616 votes, or 15.79 percent, and academic Kriengsak Chareonwongsak got 260,051 votes, or 12.05 percent.

About four million Bangkok residents were eligible to vote, and about 54 percent, or 2.15 million, of them turned out Sunday, Pongsak said.

On Sunday night, Apirak thanked Bangkok voters for choosing him again to be a governor and promised to continue policies he said will improve Bangkok.

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Amid charges of failure in office from his rivals and a continuing scandal revolving around the fire department, Apirak vowed to allow the civil sector to examine his work in another four years.

Prapat said he accepted the result and Chuwit said he will not again compete for governor because he has set up a party to contest the next general election. But he added he will monitor Apirak's governance closely.

Thailand's Election Commission will endorse the final results within seven days.

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