Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Cancelled municipality constituency

Within the definitions of constituencies for the municipal councils it is nothing special to find changes of the original boundaries, probably for cases when the population numbers within the original constituencies has changed too much and would make the value of each vote differ too much between them.

However, there is one single announcement in the Royal Gazette in which an earlier constituency definition is completely canceled, and shortly thereafter a new definition is published.
  • October 10 2009 - original definition of boundaries [Gazette]
  • November 11 2009 - cancellation of boundaries [Gazette]
  • January 13 2010 - second definition of boundaries [Gazette]
The municipality affected is Phak Mai subdistrict municipality (เทศบาลตำบลผักไหม) in Sikhoraphum district, Surin province. The municipality was just created on July 31 2009 by upgrading the TAO Phak Mai.

The reason for the cancellation of the original constituencies was that these don't have a continuous area. Constituency 1, which was supposed to cover the villages 1, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10, would have made the area of Mu 10 to be an exclave within constituency 2. Therefore, Mu 4 has to be moved into constituency 1 to make the area non-interrupted. Just a pity I have no map of the village boundaries within this subdistrict, so I could actually see the difference instead of just trying to get it from the text.

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