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CNRP President Kem Sokha mocked the ruling party on Monday for its spending during the June 4 commune elections, while praising his own party’s thriftiness during the campaign season.
The national election authority is planning a nationwide campaign focused on teaching voters in rural communities how to properly fill in their ballots after tallying a high number of spoiled ballots during the June 4 commune elections.
The country’s election authority released its official results for the June 4 commune elections on schedule on Sunday, calling 1,156 out of a total 1,646 communes for the CPP, which also won 6,503 of the 11,572 council seats up for grabs.
CNRP President Kem Sokha suggested on Thursday that the ruling party was scared of the opposition but had nothing to fear from a potential CNRP government, while his exiled predecessor Sam Rainsy said that many voters who preferred CPP commune chiefs to opposition candidates would turn against the ruling party in national elections.
The opposition once again will ask the government to make upcoming voter registration more accessible to an estimated 1 million migrant workers by increasing the number of registration centers near the Thai border.
CNRP President Kem Sokha has promised opposition supporters among the Cham Muslim community that any government he leads would put an end to political harassment from the community’s pro-CPP leaders, whom he claimed pressured followers not to join his party.
Opposition lawmakers spun an otherwise banal National Assembly session on Tuesday into a fiery debate on parliamentary immunity, with Assembly President Heng Samrin claiming the Constitution only protected those who obeyed the law.
The National Assembly on Tuesday approved a new Proposed Law on Election of Senate Members, shortening the election campaign for the upper house to just two weeks.
The day after leaked opinion polls showed the opposition apparently gaining momentum against the ruling party, a pro-CPP Facebook page on Monday responded with another previously unpublished survey showing that a majority of the country still believes Cambodia is moving in the right direction.
The National Election Committee (NEC) on Monday said it would not pursue immediate legal action against Facebook page owners it accused of spreading “inciting” news about its work, but would take unspecified action if false accusations continued.
A CPP official and a regional pollster on Sunday confirmed their involvement in a wide-ranging political poll last year that has apparently informed ruling party politics ahead of elections, as documents showing the results of two such surveys were leaked over the weekend.
The country’s national election body says it has rejected more than half of the 61 complaints it received about the June 4 commune elections, most of them requests by the opposition CNRP for recounts in races it narrowly lost, claiming the complainants missed the deadline.
The National Election Committee (NEC) has asked the government to take legal action against two social media users for posting “inciting news” about the June 4 commune elections it claims dishonored the body.
Ballot recounts on Wednesday secured the opposition CNRP two more commune wins—one each in Battambang and Kompong Thom provinces—a day after the first of 40 contested communes in the June 4 local elections swung to the CPP.
The CPP has won by just two votes the first contested commune from the June 4 elections brought before the national election authority, after a rowdy recount that lasted into a second day.
After nine hours of counting and heated arguments between CPP and CNRP representatives, the national election body had yet to declare the winner of a Svay Rieng province commune where the opposition CNRP is contesting the results of the June 4 local elections, though the preliminary results put the ruling CPP narrowly ahead.
The national election body will today start recounting votes for communes across the country where the winners in June 4’s commune elections were decided by the narrowest of margins.
Opposition leader Kem Sokha told supporters on Saturday that the CNRP would do more to encourage youths to become lawmakers ahead of next year’s national election, citing some young candidates’ successes in commune elections earlier this month.
In what one observer said was simply an act of politicking, the opposition CNRP on Thursday said it would push its campaign pledge of giving $500,000 to every commune in the National Assembly.
Legal cases brought against CNRP officials from Phnom Penh and Takeo province over election-related clashes are proceeding with questioning, police and court officials said on Wednesday.