Final Election Results and Matchimathipataya
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Final Election Results and Matchimathipataya

After the December 23 election, these were the results:
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Party
Con
PL
Total
PPP
198
34
233
Dems
132
33
165
Chat Thai
33
4
37
Puea Paendin
17
7
24
Ruam Jai Thai
8
1
9
Matchima
7
0
7
Pracharaj
4
1
5
Total 400 80 480

/>Now, after all the by-elections have been held and all 480 MPs have been endorsed the Bangkok Post reports:
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The PPP, the core coalition party, now has 235 MPs, Chart Thai 34, Puea Pandin 22, Matchimathipataya 11, Ruam Jai Thai Chart Pattana nine and Pracharaj five. The Democrats, the single party in opposition, have 164 seats.

/>COMMENT: PPP gained 2, Dems lost 1, Chat Thai lost 3, Puea Paendin lost 2, and Matchimathipataya gained 4. Ruam Jai Thai Chart Pattana and Pracharaj remained the same. Interestingly this means that even without Chat Thai Thai and Puea Paendin, PPP + 3 smaller parties have 261 seats an increase of 6 over the election night results. This little extra boost in numbers provides some breathing room in case the eel (aka Banharn, Chat Thai leader) gets slippery.
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/>One doesn’t need to be a rocket scientist to work out that Matchimathipataya did the best from the by-elections gaining an extra 4 seats mainly at the expense of Chat Thai and Puea Paendin. This was even after they get a red card as well. This also likely means they will likely get an extra Cabinet position.* I certainly think some backroom deals went on between Matchimathipataya and PPP which enabled Matchimathipataya the extra seats. “Party leader” Prachai apparently made up with Thaksin, but I think Somsak (formerly of TRT and whose wife is running things at the party now – he was banned from politics for 5 years along with Thaksin) has thrown his lot in with Thaksin.* Going it alone and doing badly no longer seems as fun anymore so joining up with a bigger patron is more stable than with Prachai!
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/>Yes, surprisingly against all odds and all predictions, PPP has benefited from the red and yellow cards although there are still dissolution cases pending so it is still early days.
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/>* Just be told that tomorrow’s (January 31) Thai Rath‘s political desk article (you know the large article on page 3) states that former TRT Secretary-General, Industry Minister etc Suriya Jungrungreangkit, who quit the party after the coup, personally went to Hong Kong to negotiate for Matichima a better improved Cabinet position. Instead of Labour, it will be Natural Resources and Environment and a Deputy Minister position.
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/>Proportional/Party List.
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Party
Votes
Percentage
Seats
PPP
12,331,381
41.08%
34
Dems
12,138,960
40.44%
33
Chat Thai
1,213,093
4.04%
4
Puea Paendin
1,599,077
5.33%
7
Ruam Jai Thai
740,501
2.47%
1
Pracharaj
408,797
1.36%
1

/>Source: Prachatai. Also Dr. Kriengsak has the same figures (PDF).
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/>UPDATE: Matches the EC statistics – a zip file (4MBS) entitled MP50_report available from the EC website. BP downloaded it from here months ago and it still appears to be available.