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Sokha: CNRP Result ‘Brilliant,’ Mocks CPP

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.

Spoiled Commune Ballots Spark Voter Education Campaign

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.

NEC Releases Official June 4 Election Results

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.

Kem Sokha, Sam Rainsy Take Turns Teasing Ruling Party

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.

Opposition Requests Migrant-Friendly Voter Registration Process

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.

Kem Sokha Promises Political Tolerance to Cham Muslims

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.

Immunity Not For Criminals, Assembly President Says

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.

Senate Election Law Passed

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.

Another Poll Surfaces—It’s Better News For CPP

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.

NEC Backs Down on Plans for Legal Action Against Facebook Critics

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.

Official, Pollster Confirm CPP Polling After Findings Leaked

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.

NEC Rejects Election Complaints for Being Filed Past Deadline

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.

Election Body Urges Legal Action Against Its Social Media Critics

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 Narrowly Swing Two Communes to CNRP

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.

Two Votes Swing Contested Commune to CPP After Rowdy Recount

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.

NEC’s First Election Recount Turns Rowdy

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.

National Election Body to Start Vote Recount Today

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.

Sokha Promises More Young Candidates in National Election

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.

CNRP to Push $500K Per Commune Plan in National Assembly

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.

Cases Against CNRP Officials Over Campaign Clashes Proceed

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.