Two ballots were reported missing from one polling station, and two excessive ballots were found in another, putting the official results on hold in two districts.
Today, May 23rd, it was reported that about 50% of an eligible 78,018 Pattaya residents came to vote for the new Pattaya mayor at 146 polling stations spread across four districts, after voting officially closed at 5 p.m. yesterday, May 22nd.
According to the unofficial result, Poramase “Beer” Ngampiches, the number 1 candidate from the Rao Rak Pattaya team, seized victory with 14,349 votes, followed by Sinchai Watthanasathon from the Pattaya Ruamjai team in second place with 12,477 votes, Kittisak Ninwattanatochai from the Progressive Movement Association in third place with 8,759 votes, and Sakchai Tanghor in last place with 990 votes, accounting for 98.63 % of all voters.
Regarding the city council election, the candidates from the Rao Rak Pattaya team led by Poramase could seize all the seats from four districts. The numbers of voters were 38,320 people, accounting for 49.96% of all voters. There were 36,575 valid ballots (95.45%), 1,001 invalid (2.61%), and 744 no votes (1.94%).
However, the election officials were still unable to release the official results from the second and third districts. According to Pramote Tubtim, the director of the Pattaya Election Commission, there were two missing ballots in the twentieth polling station at the Muang Pattaya School, Nong Prue sub-district, Bang Lamung, and two excessive ballots in the twenty-ninth polling station. The Pattaya Election Commission was still unable to clarify the cause; therefore, they could only provide the unofficial results from these two stations.
The director stated that the official results of the Pattaya mayoral election and the council members for these two troubled districts were put on hold as of now to seek a final solution with the Bangkok Central election commission.