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Nakhon Sawan Election Scandal: EC Seeks to Disqualify PPRP Candidate Pornwisit Jaemsai for Alleged Vote-Buying

In an unfolding drama that’s as gripping as a prime-time soap opera, the Election Commission (EC) has made a decisive move straight out of a legal thriller. They’ve marched to the Supreme Court with a mission: to strip a Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) MP candidate in Nakhon Sawan of his political powers, all because of allegations of vote-buying that sound straight out of a political potboiler.

The digital billboard of the EC’s website lit up with the news, announcing that they have thrown the gauntlet down on Pornwisit Jaemsai, the hopeful MP candidate for Nakhon Sawan’s Constituency 5, and his right-hand man, Nutthanon Benjapinyo. They stand accused of playing fast and loose with the Organic Act on the Election of Members of the House of Representatives, a no-no dating back to 2018.

As a result, a cloud of nullification hangs over the votes for Mr. Pornwisit, casting a shadow over his third-place victory lap in the previous year’s electoral race. He managed to charm 12.77% of voters into his corner, while Bhumjaithai’s Phiradech Siriwansant strutted away with the crown, boasting a hefty 47.15% of the vote.

The plot thickens with allegations that could rival any crime drama. Ms. Nutthanon, possibly in a scene reminiscent of gift-giving during the holiday season, is accused of offering a prospective voter two white shirts, emblazoned with the party’s logo, as if they were party favors. This exchange reportedly took place at the PPRP’s Takhli branch office on a day that will now live in infamy, May 4, 2023, just ten tantalizing days before the election.

The tale gets juicier. Ms. Nutthanon supposedly waved 10,000 baht in front of the voter like a carrot on a stick, urging them to attend a campaign rally where Mr. Pornwisit would weave his oratory magic. This financial enticement, cooked up on April 29, came with strings attached: stay hush-hush about this to the EC, pocket 4,000 baht, and spread the remaining wealth among the family. It’s almost novelistic in its intrigue.

As if taken from the script of a suspense movie, the voter allegedly trotted back to the party HQ under the cover of night to drop off ID photocopies of 31 voters, aiming to disperse 500 baht each to swing their votes in Mr. Pornwisit’s favor.

The EC, playing detective, unveiled screenshots and voice recordings from a clandestine exchange between Ms. Nutthanon and the voter on the popular Line messaging app. These breadcrumbs might lead one to conclude that Ms. Nutthanon was on a vote-buying spree, with Mr. Pornwisit possibly pulling the strings in the background.

Emerging from this high-stakes narrative is Capt Thammanat Prompow, Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister and the PPRP’s Secretary-General, who seems to echo the sentiment of a principled protagonist when he declares that the party’s playbook doesn’t include a chapter on vote-buying. He distanced the party’s ethos from the candidate’s alleged rogue tactics, stating, “We do not have a policy to support candidates who violate Election Commission rules.”

This scandal has all the makings of a blockbuster – intrigue, allegations of underhanded dealings, and a fight for justice. As this saga unfolds, the eyes of Nakhon Sawan and indeed, the nation, remain glued to what might just be the most captivating political story of the year.


  1. WatchfulCitizen February 9, 2024

    Seems like the same old story, politicians trying to buy their way into power. Is anyone really surprised? I’m just glad that the EC is stepping in to do something about it.

    • Skeptical February 9, 2024

      But do you really think the EC is doing enough? It feels like a drop in the bucket compared to all the corruption that goes unchecked.

      • WatchfulCitizen February 9, 2024

        I get where you’re coming from, but we have to start somewhere, right? It’s about setting a precedent. Maybe this will scare others straight.

    • TrueBlue444 February 9, 2024

      It’s all just for show. These allegations and actions by the EC rarely lead to any substantial change. It’s frustrating!

      • HopeSpringEternal February 9, 2024

        I disagree. Every action taken against corruption is a step in the right direction. We can’t just give up hope!

  2. PolicyPundit February 9, 2024

    This incident highlights the need for more stringent laws and oversight regarding electoral conduct. Vote-buying undermines democracy at its core.

  3. JaneDoe February 9, 2024

    The sad part is the regular voters are the ones who suffer. Politicians play their games, but it’s the people’s voice that gets silenced.

    • OptimistPrime February 9, 2024

      True, but bringing these issues to light is the first step to change. We need to talk about it more and keep the pressure on.

  4. LegalEagle February 9, 2024

    What I find fascinating is the use of digital evidence here, like screenshots and voice recordings. Technology is changing the landscape of how electoral fraud can be detected and prosecuted.

    • TechSavvy February 9, 2024

      Absolutely! The digital paper trail is a game-changer. But it also raises questions about privacy and surveillance.

      • PrivacyAdvocate February 9, 2024

        Good point. It’s a slippery slope. While I applaud catching corrupt officials, I worry about how these tools could be misused against ordinary citizens.

  5. Disillusioned February 9, 2024

    Will any of this even matter in the next election? It feels like these folks always find a way to slither back into the system.

    • EternalVigilance February 9, 2024

      It’s our job to remember and vote accordingly. Keep informing others, stay vigilant, and hold them accountable.

  6. FirstTimeVoter February 9, 2024

    Reading this makes me skeptical about the voting process. How do we ensure our votes matter when stuff like this happens?

  7. CivicDuty February 9, 2024

    Stories like this underscore the importance of every citizen’s role in the political process. We must be vigilant and demand transparency and integrity from our leaders.

  8. GrumpyVoter February 9, 2024

    Ah, politics. Where the only thing you can count on is the next scandal. But shoutout to the EC for doing something at least!

    • HopefulCynic February 9, 2024

      Exactly! The fact that the EC is taking action gives me a bit of hope. It’s not all doom and gloom.

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