PHUKET: Deposed Patong Mayor Pian Keesin yesterday was found guilty of electoral fraud in the September 2012 council election, but is free to run for re-election to head Phuket’s key resort town.

Also found guilty for their roles in importing voters specifically to cast votes in the election were Jaroern Khwanyeun, Prasarn Noochet, Prasit Phatkor, Mana Phanchalad and Narong Cheuayuan.

“Two of the five councilors were issued "red cards", meaning they cannot stand for the next election, which must be held within 60 days,” Phuket Election Commission (PEC) Director Kittipong Thiengkunakrit told the Phuket Gazette.