Bangkok gubernatorial election, 2009
The ninth gubernatorial election for the city of Bangkok, Thailand was held on the 11 January 2009. The election came about after the resignation of Apirak Kosayothin on the 13 November 2008, the incumbent who was only just re-elected a little more than a month (on 5 October 2008). the resignation stemmed from an indictment by the National Counter Corruption Commission or NCCC, in which Apirak was indicted for the controversial 6.6 billion Baht fire-engine procurement contract. The former Prime Minister and former Bangkok Governor Samak Sundaravej was also found guilty in the same verdict. On the 13 November Apirak in front of television cameras announced his resignation saying: "Like the Democrat Party, I support a move that will perpetuate politics-for-people" at the same time maintaining his innocence and stating that his resignation should become an example of a change in Thai politics, his resignation triggered an automatic by-election. By the end of the 11 January 2009, Sukhumband was declared the winner of the race, becoming the 15th Governor of Bangkok.
On the 1 December, the Election Commission allowed the registration of candidates. A total of 14 candidates registered. In accordance with the law, they picked numbers by which they would be assigned for the campaign. The three highest profile candidates were: MR Sukhumbhand Paripatra, ML Nattakorn Devakula and Yuranun Pamornmontri.
MR Sukhumbhand Paripatra, the 56-year-old candidate of the Democrat Party, is a former Foreign Minister. MR Sukhumband vowed to carry on with policies initiated by Governor Apirak and to continue the environmentalist agenda. He ran under the slogan: "Bring back Bangkokians' smiles".
Election posters of the Candidates:
M.R. Sukhumbhand Paripatra, Candidate No.2
"Sam" Yuranunt Pamornmontri, Candidate No.10
Kaewsan Atibhoti, Candidate No.12
Polling and results
The election and results were announced on the same day:
|2||MR Sukhumbhand Paripatra||Democrat Party||934,602||45.47||1|
|8||ML Nattakorn Devakula||Independent||334,846||16.27||3|
|10||Yuranun Pamornmontri||Pheu Thai Party||611,669||29.72||2|
|12||Kaewsan Atibhoti||Team Krung Thep Patthana||144,779||7.03||4|
|14||A-that Monsereenusorn||Suvarnabhumi Party||4,117||0.20||7|
|"No vote" ballots||46,395|