Wittaya, elder brother of Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome, took 248,764 votes in the July 8 contest. Democrat Pramuan Aempia received 126,866 votes.
Wittaya Kunplome was re-elected president of the Chonburi Provincial Administrative Organization.
In council races, Wittaya’s Rao Rak Chonburi party slate won every district except two in downtown Chonburi and Koh Si Chang. Democrats Phawat Limcharoen and Uthai Jatupong won Muang seats 3 and 4, respectively, while Thanes Pongsai will represent the island.
Wittaya expressed surprise his group did not sweep the entire province.
After polls closed, Wittaya was congratulated by brother Sonthaya Kunplome, a former MP, Sonthaya’s wife, Culture Minister Sukumol Kunplome, provincial MPs, district mayors and family members. In all, about 100 people lined up to shake hands with the elected PAO president.
Pattaya MP Poramet Ngampichet and his father, MP Santsak Ngampichet said they felt the election was better contested than four years ago. They cast their ballots in Pattaya, as did Itthiphol.
Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome turns up at his local polling station to cast his vote.