BANGKOK, July 5 — Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) has announced the official result of Sunday’s general election after the announcement was delayed from Monday as voting results from some provinces had not yet been received by the agency.
EC Secretary General Suthiphon Thaveechaiyagarn representing the poll agency, announced the election result after completing a 100 per cent count in which Pheu Thai won a majority of 265 seats out of 500 in the House of Representatives — 61 from the party-list category and 204 from the constituency category.
The Democrat Party received 159 seats (44 party-list seats,115 constituency seats); Bhumjaithai 34 (5, 29); Chartthaipattana 19 (4, 15); Chart Pattana Puea Pandin 7 (2, 5); Palung Chon 7 (1, 6); Rak Prathet Thai 4 seats in the party list category only; Matubhum 2 (1 and 1) and one party list seat each for the Rak Santi, Mahachon, New Democrat parties.
Mr Suthiphon said, in the party-list category, 35,203.107 million voters or 75.03 of eligible voters cast their ballots, while 1,726,051 or 4.9 per cent were invalid ballots. Nearly one million — 958,052 ballots — indicated that 2.72 per cent of eligible voters did not vote for any candidates.
Regarding constituency-based seats, 35,119,885 eligible voters or 74.85 per cent exercised their rights and duties. There were 2,039,694 invalid ballots or 5.79 per cent while 1,419,088 persons, 4.03 per cent of those who cast ballots, marked the “Vote No” box.
Lamphun province recorded the highest proportionate turnout with 88.61 per cent of eligible voters participating, followed by Chiang Mai and Trang.
The EC Secretary General said that the agency would certify the newly-elected candidates within seven days.