Bangkok gubernatorial election, 2009

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Poster promoting the 2009 elections "Unite our powers once more, for a better Bangkok".

The ninth gubernatorial election for the city of Bangkok, Thailand was held on the 11 January 2009.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] By the end of the 11 January 2009, Sukhumband was declared the winner of the race, becoming the 15th Governor of Bangkok.[4]


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,[5] 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".

ML Nattakorn Devakula, a 32-year-old Independent candidate, was a former TV host, popularly known as "Khun Pluem". He ran on the slogan: "Vote for me. Vote for the governor of the future".[6]

Yuranun Pamornmontri, the 45-year-old Puea Thai Party candidate, is a popular TV actor and film star.[7][8]


Election posters of the Candidates:

Polling and results[edit]

The election and results were announced on the same day:

e • d  Summary of Bangkok gubernatorial election results, 2009
Candidate Affiliation Votes  % Rank
1 Sumeth Thanasirikul Independent 6,017 0.29 6
2 MR Sukhumbhand Paripatra Democrat Party 934,602 45.47 1
3 Leena Jangjanya Independent 9,043 0.44 5
4 Thoranee Ritthithamrong Independent 1,875 0.09 11
5 Kongchak Jaidee Independent 2,400 0.12 9
6 Metta Temchamnarn Independent 1,431 0.07 12
7 Issara Amornwet Independent 922 0.04 13
8 ML Nattakorn Devakula Independent 334,846 16.27 3
9 Withaya Jangkobpatthana Independent 3,640 0.18 8
10 Yuranun Pamornmontri Pheu Thai Party 611,669 29.72 2
11 Dharmachat Rungjiroj Independent 2,222 0.11 10
12 Kaewsan Atibhoti Team Krung Thep Patthana 144,779 7.03 4
13 Udom Vibundhevachart Independent 656 0.03 14
14 A-that Monsereenusorn Suvarnabhumi Party 4,117 0.20 7
Total Turnout 2,120,721 100%
"No vote" ballots 46,395
Voided ballots 16,107
Total Voters 4,150,103