Cambodian Ruling Party Wins by Landslide in Preliminary Tally

The National Election Committee (NEC) has announced the resounding victory of Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) in the fifth commune elections held on Sunday.

NEC made the announcement of the preliminary results on Monday. 

According to a report by Xinhua News Agency, there were seventeen political parties that competed in elections for 11,622 commune leaders and councilors in 1,652 communes across the Southeast Asian nation.

The NEC announced that the ruling CPP had won 9,339 seats, or 80.3 percent of the 11,622 commune councilor positions, while the opposition Candlelight Party had gained 2,192 seats, or 18.8 percent, with practically all of the ballots, tabulated.

NEC said the Funcinpec party won 19 seats, the Khmer National United Party with 13, the Grassroots Democratic Party with 6, the Cambodian Nation Love Party with 5, the Cambodian Youth Party with 3, and the Kampucheaniyum Party and the Beehive Social Democratic Party one a piece.

In a separate report by the Phnom Penh Post quoting NEC Chairman Prach Chan, voter turnout was 7.17 million, or 77.91 percent of the 9.2 million registered voters, which is relatively high when compared to other countries.

More than 5.3 million people voted for the ruling CPP, while 1.6 million people voted for the opposition Candlelight Party.

On June 26, the final results will be announced.

The commune elections in Cambodia are held every five years and are viewed as a predictor of party support ahead of the general election, which will be held in 2023.


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