The Election Commission (EC) has come under fierce criticism for the catalogue of errors that have plagued its vote counts and results announcements for the March 24 election.
The Future Forward Party (FFP) is pressing for a poll rerun in Nakhon Pathom’s Constituency 1 to set the record straight after claiming Sunday’s ballot recount was riddled with inaccuracies.
The constituency was a tight race between Democrat candidate Sinthop Kaeophichit and FFP candidate Savika Limpasuwanna who, based on the March 24 vote, lost to her Democrat opponent by a total of 147 votes.
Ms Savika then sought a recount after inspecting the Election Commission (EC) figures, which was granted across the constituency’s 245 polling stations and held at Silapakorn University on Sunday.
While the official result of the recount has not been announced, the Democrat Party declared itself the winner by four ballots on Sunday.
However, shortly after, EC member Chatchai Chanpraisri said in a media interview that the FFP candidate had won by 62 votes.
Confusion remained until on Monday when EC secretary-general Jarungvith Phumma announced that the Democrat candidate had captured 35,711 votes, four more than Ms Savika.
Citing inaccuracies and a 20-second blackout while the ballots were being recounted, the FFP said there is evidence that the count was inaccurate and the EC should order an election rerun.
“With the results changing like that, it’s not possible to say which count is correct,” said an FFP statement.
Ms Savika said on her Facebook page that she wants clarification.
“The problem is the lingering doubt. Winning or losing is not as important as clarity, transparency and fairness,” she said.
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