2023 General election: ECT releases final vote count

The Election Commission of Thailand (ECT) has released the final vote count of the 2023 general election, but said that it still has to ensure that no fraud has occurred before it can announce the certified result.

The Move Forward Party came top of the poll with a total of 151 seats, having won 112 constituency and 39 party-list seats. The Pheu Thai party placed second with a total of 141 seats, having won 112 constituency and 29 party-list seats.

Preliminary results previously reported on the Commission’s ECT Report website showed that Move Forward won 113 constituency seats. However, after results arrived from all polling stations in Prachinburi’s 3rd constituency, it was found that the Bhumjaithai Party won and not the MFP, bringing Bhumjaithai’s number of constituency seats to 68 and its total number of seats to 71, placing it third.

The Palang Pracharath party, led by Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, former Deputy Prime Minister and a leader of the 2014 military coup,, ranked fourth with 40 seats, one less than the preliminary result.

The United Thai Nation party, which named former Prime Minister and 2014 coup leader Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha as its candidate for Prime Minister, ranked fifth with 36 seats.

Of the 52,195,920 eligible voters, around 75% turned out to vote. The ECT said that 39,514,973 people voted for constituency MPs, while 39,514,964 people voted for party-list MPs, 9 less than the number of constituency voters. Over 1.5 million ballots were declared invalid.

The ECT said that it still has to ensure that the election was free and fair in at least 95% of all constituencies before it can announce the certified result, which must be released within 60 days of the election. 

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