Cambodian ruling party wins big success in communal election

Tuesday, 2017-06-06 01:29:57
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A Cambodian voter casts his vote at an electoral office in Kandal province. (Credit: NDO)
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NDO/VNA –The Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) won victory in the communal election on June 4, while the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) came second, according to preliminary results announced by Cambodia’s National Election Commission (NEC) on June 5.

Earlier on June 4 evening, the Fresh News website updated that the CPP won 1,163 leadership positions in communes and wards, while the CNRP gained triumph in 482 localities, and the Khmer National United Party only won one position.

Despite its big success, the CPP lost leading positions in 450 localities compared to the previous election in 2012, while the CNRP saw 12 times higher in the number of leading positions than the last election.

In addition, the CPP also lost in some central and crowded localities.

Through the Facebook, CPP President and Prime Minister Hun Sen and CNRP leader KemSokha thanked Cambodian voters for their engagement in the election, which took place in safety and order.

According to the NEC, 89.52% of total 7.8 million eligible voters in Cambodia cast their ballots to elect members of councils in 1,646 communes and wards across the country. The election saw the competition of 12 parties.

Final results are expected to be announced on June 25.