Thursday, May 31, 2012

PAO elections last weekend

Last Sunday, in several provinces the councils and chairmen of the Provincial Administrative Organizations were elected. Sadly I lost the overview, as four years ago there were two dates at which the council elections were done, but I still have no list which of the provinces were at which of the two dates - only Buriram is a special case as it does its elections a few weeks earlier. And to add to the confusion, not all the provinces which had council elections this weekend necessarily also had an election of the chairman ((นายกองค์การบริหารส่วนจังหวัด) - whenever a chairman did not stay in office till the end of the term due to an early resignation, a red or yellow card or even due to assassination, the newly elected chairman has a full four year term. So the number of provinces which has council and chairman elections on the same date is shrinking continuously.

The English press as usual did not cover these local elections much, more focusing on the newly elected transgender councilor in Nan than reporting the overall results, and also many of the provincial Election Commissions websites are not kept up-to-date, so it is difficult to compile a full overview again this time. At least, two other bloggers have covered these election as bit.
  • Bangkokpundit focuses on the party affiliations of the chairmen and the council factions, especially if in the PAO elections the same party was chosen as in the last general election.
  • BKK Mango has just started a blog, and the only two postings so far are the results of the PAO elections in Phichit and Roi Et. I hope there is more to come.

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