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Kamronwit Toopkrajang Leads Tight Pathum Thani PAO Election: Nida Poll Results

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Pol Lt Gen Kamronwit Toopkrajang stood triumphantly on a pickup truck, warmly thanking his supporters during a lively rally on Friday. He was galvanizing the crowd ahead of the highly-anticipated Pathum Thani Provincial Administration Organisation (PAO) election set for June 30. The atmosphere was electric as the audience cheered, buoyed by their collective enthusiasm. (Photo: Pol Lt Gen Kamronwit Toopkrajang Facebook account)

As it stands, Kamronwit Toopkrajang has taken a slight lead in the fierce contest for the top spot at the Pathum Thani PAO. According to a recent Nida poll, Kamronwit holds the edge with 31.87% support from surveyed voters, leaving his main competitor, Chan Puangpetch, trailing at 28.68%. With just two weeks to go until election day, the race is tighter than ever.

The election is poised to be a nail-biter, partly due to the significant chunk of undecided voters—8.98% to be exact. Additionally, a noteworthy 17.43% of those surveyed intend to vote but remain non-committal to any candidate. These groups could very well swing the final outcome, making every vote crucial.

Kamronwit and Charn are the top contenders among four candidates vying for the esteemed PAO chairman position. The other two candidates barely made a blip on the poll’s radar, drawing minimal support.

Conducted by the National Institute of Development and Administration, the poll reached out to 1,067 eligible voters in Pathum Thani on Tuesday and Wednesday, seeking insights into their preferences and opinions.

This local election has garnered significant attention from political analysts. Many view it as a litmus test for assessing the enduring influence of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, especially since his dramatic return from self-exile. Thaksin’s Pheu Thai Party has thrown its weight behind Charn, a seasoned PAO leader aiming to reclaim his throne after Kamronwit’s decisive victory in the 2020 election.

Once allies, Kamronwit and Thaksin have since drifted apart. Kamronwit candidly acknowledges Thaksin’s pivotal role in his ascent to Metropolitan Police Bureau commander, recalling, “I have come this far because of the support from my brother.” This statement referred to Thaksin, who was then a prominent political figure.

Thaksin has made no secret of his backing for Charn. On June 8, while on parole, he presided over a religious ceremony in Thanya Buri district in Pathum Thani, conducted for the son of the Thanya Buri mayor entering monkhood. Charn’s presence at the event alongside Thaksin was a clear signal of their political camaraderie.

The event drew a large number of red-shirt supporters eager to greet Thaksin, generating significant buzz. However, contrary to expectations, the Nida poll released on Sunday indicated that nearly 82% of respondents felt Thaksin’s visit would not sway their voting decision in the upcoming election.

Reflecting on the previous national election, it’s evident that Pheu Thai has experienced substantial shifts in its political standing. The party managed to secure only one out of seven seats in Pathum Thani, with the remaining seats swept away by the Move Forward Party, marking a significant upset.

As the June 30 election nears, the stakes couldn’t be higher. With Kamronwit and Charn both vigorously campaigning and the undecided voters holding the cards, Pathum Thani is bracing itself for an exhilarating and unpredictable electoral showdown.


  1. Tara June 16, 2024

    I think it’s great to see such a lively political environment! Kamronwit really seems to have the people’s love and energy behind him.

    • Paul K. June 16, 2024

      Sure, but love and energy don’t always translate to effective leadership. Look at his track record.

      • Tara June 16, 2024

        That’s fair, but sometimes having passionate supporters can lead to more decisive actions and better performance.

      • Alex P. June 16, 2024

        Passionate supporters can also mean a lack of scrutiny and accountability. We’ve seen that globally.

    • Grant June 16, 2024

      Kamronwit does seem to have a strong connection with the people. But let’s not underestimate Charn.

  2. Ming June 16, 2024

    The undecided voters are the key here. They could swing the election in either direction.

    • Alexis June 16, 2024

      Exactly. That’s why candidates need to focus on their platforms and less on attacking each other.

      • Pascal June 16, 2024

        That would be ideal, but mudslinging often wins votes, sadly.

    • Rina June 16, 2024

      Undecided voters might lean towards someone who promises real change. Charn could capitalize on that.

  3. Chad1987 June 16, 2024

    It’s amusing how Thaksin thinks his involvement will sway the masses. Seems pretty out of touch.

    • Becca June 16, 2024

      Maybe, but the red-shirt supporters are still a force to be reckoned with.

      • Chad1987 June 16, 2024

        True, but their numbers have dwindled since his heyday. New political movements are taking over.

      • Karen June 16, 2024

        Honestly, it’s all about who offers the best future for Pathum Thani, not about past glories.

    • Jonah June 16, 2024

      You’d be surprised. Sometimes, old loyalties swing like a pendulum back into play.

  4. grower134 June 16, 2024

    Pheu Thai may be losing steam, but their strategy isn’t completely out of play. Aligning with Charn was smart.

    • Patricia June 16, 2024

      Aligning with Charn could either reinvigorate their base or remind people of old failures. It’s a risky move.

    • grower134 June 16, 2024

      True, but risk can lead to great rewards, especially in politics.

  5. Larry D June 16, 2024

    Kamronwit needs to focus on concrete promises rather than just rallies. Substance over style.

  6. Natt June 16, 2024

    I’m undecided myself. Both have pros and cons. Whoever can sway me with a solid plan will get my vote.

  7. Willow G. June 16, 2024

    It’s interesting how electoral dynamics shift so rapidly. Move Forward Party’s rise could spell trouble for both main contenders.

    • Stephanie J. June 16, 2024

      Absolutely! The newer generations are looking for something different than the old guard can offer.

      • Willow G. June 16, 2024

        And that’s why the undecided vote is so unpredictable this time around.

  8. Isaac June 16, 2024

    Chan Puangpetch is relying too much on Thaksin’s shadow. He needs to carve his own path.

  9. Melz June 16, 2024

    Local elections matter immensely. Hopefully, Pathum Thani voters make an informed choice.

    • Sue B. June 16, 2024

      Informed choices are hard when there’s so much disinformation around.

      • Melz June 16, 2024

        True, but that’s where individual responsibility comes in. Do your own research!

  10. Dr. Nguyen June 16, 2024

    I find it fascinating that over 80% of respondents claim Thaksin’s visit won’t affect their vote. It speaks to changing political sentiments.

  11. KevinL June 16, 2024

    Polls can be misleading. Let’s see what actually happens on June 30.

    • Stella June 16, 2024

      Definitely. Polls are just a snapshot in time. The ground reality could be different.

  12. GreenTeaLover June 16, 2024

    Charn’s past experience could be a double-edged sword. He’s familiar, but also tied to past controversies.

  13. Roland June 16, 2024

    Any election is about the future. Both candidates need to focus on what they will do, not what they have done.

  14. SciGeek June 16, 2024

    Nida poll reaching only 1,067 voters? That’s a really small sample size for such a crucial election.

    • Ethicist June 16, 2024

      Small sample sizes can still be indicative if the methodology is sound. Trust the science behind polling.

      • SciGeek June 16, 2024

        I do trust the science, but in volatile contexts like elections, a broader sample could provide more accuracy.

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