The ruling CPP is losing votes in remote provinces while making up ground on the opposition CNRP in Phnom Penh and surrounding areas, according to election data showing the two major parties cutting into each other’s leads in traditional strongholds.
The U.N.’s human rights office is investigating the alleged harassment and threatening of a CNRP commune chief candidate in Kandal province, according to an email from the agency’s Bangkok off
The National Election Committee (NEC) continued on Tuesday to say slow internet and blurry photographs were to blame for delays in publishing election results for 344 remaining communes, with its spokesman offering no timeline for when the public could expect complete results. Some parties and observers questioned why the process was taking so long.
A National Election Committee spokesman on Monday warned that the government-aligned website Fresh News had caused an “irregularity” by publishing unofficial election results ahead of the elections body.
A lack of official results did not stop both major political parties from claiming victory in Cambodia’s highest-stakes and highest-turnout local elections to date on Sunday, with the CPP citing its dominance in winning commune chief seats and the CNRP boasting of huge opposition gains in a ballot monitors said was largely free of the irregularities that marred past votes.
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The National Election Committee (NEC) on Thursday shortened the process voters without national identity cards must complete to prove their identity at polling stations on Sunday, a move an election monitor and the CNRP said came too late.
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Several civil society organizations and their employees are under watch by the Interior Ministry for allegedly aiding the CNRP, a ministry spokesman said on Thursday.
Several civil society organizations and their employees, including the leaders of the human rights NGOs Licadho and Adhoc, are under watch by the Interior Ministry for allegedly aiding the CNRP and will face legal action after Sunday’s commune election if the allegations prove true, a ministry spokesman said this morning.
Labor rights activists urged the government on Wednesday to help hundreds of thousands of workers who have migrated within the country to vote on Sunday, with a political analyst saying their potential disenfranchisement could swing the elections to the ruling party.
To vote or not to vote. For many of Cambodia’s saffron-robed Buddhist monks, it’s a difficult question. On one hand, activism among monks has a long tradition, from helping create a strong Khmer national identity during colonial rule, to leading the drive for independence in the 20th century, to protesting with the urban and rural poor in their land rights battles.
Democracy in Cambodia has deteriorated in the lead-up to Sunday’s commune elections, potentially keeping opposition voters from the polls or from voting for their chosen candidates, a group of Asean parliamentarians said on Wednesday—a claim the government rebutted.
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The CNRP and the CPP will cap off two weeks of commune election campaigning on Friday with daylong processions, to which they expect to draw hundreds of thousands of people through opposite sides of Phnom Penh amid heightened security, party officials said on Tuesday.
Land Management Minister Chea Sophara rallied residents of Phnom Penh’s condemned White Building to vote for the CPP on Tuesday, repeating calls he made last month to the apartment block’s homeowners.
A poll distributed to major political parties earlier this year emboldened opposition leader Kem Sokha to predict that the CNRP would win 60 percent of the vote in Sunday’s commune elections, a party spokesman has revealed.
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Responding to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s boasts of bringing peace and stability to Cambodia, opposition CNRP leader Kem Sokha told supporters on Monday that the peace was a facade and poked fun at premier’s dancing.
Transparency International has pledged a rapid assessment of potential irregularities in Sunday’s commune elections by sending 1,100 observers across Cambodia—including, if needed, by boat and helicopter.
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Thousands of opposition supporters jammed the streets of Phnom Penh on Sunday to march in the CNRP’s second parade of the campaign period, taking advantage of a quirk in the election law to squeeze in an unexpected procession.
The government has issued a temporary nationwide ban on selling and consuming alcohol over the weekend to avoid “disorder” during Sunday’s commune elections, continuing a regular election policy in Cambodia.
The National Election Committee reiterated on Friday that it would not investigate Prime Minister Hun Sen’s election campaign speeches about waging war to maintain power because the election body had not received a complaint, saying it was taking a similar stance regarding opposition advertisements featuring former CNRP President Sam Rainsy.
Four activist monks were arrested after attending an opposition rally in Oddar Meanchey province on Friday, with police confiscating their mobile phones and deleting videos and photographs taken during the event, one monk said, though the account was disputed by authorities.
CNRP leader Kem Sokha assured supporters on Friday that his party would follow through with its pledge to provide $500,000 to every commune if it wins next year’s national election in a move he hoped would prevent mass migration from rural areas.
Prime Minister Hun Sen warned yesterday that the ruling CPP must win the upcoming commune and national elections to avoid the country being plunged into civil war, and said he was willing to “eliminate 100 or 200 people” to prevent his overthrow.
Police officers, military police and Royal Cambodian Armed Forces soldiers should not incite, intimidate or threaten voters in the run-up to the June 4 commune elections or on Election Day, the Interior Ministry and National Election Committee (NEC) said in a statement this week.
The head of an independent election monitoring group on Thursday criticized the violent rhetoric of Prime Minister Hun Sen and other top government officials in the lead-up to the commune elections, saying it could affect whether voters see the process as free and fair.
Election observers working for NGOs are treading more carefully in their monitoring activities because of a controversial law on NGOs passed nearly two years ago, said Sam Kuntheamy, executive director of the Neutral and Impartial Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (Nicfec), during an interview with The Cambodia Daily on Thursday.
Two of the country’s biggest garment workers’ unions have asked the government to make factories give their workers three days of paid leave and provide loans for travel expenses to allow them to return to their hometowns to vote in the upcoming local elections.
Critics who say the CNRP’s commune election platform is unrealistic should look to the ruling party’s implementation of lowered electricity costs, and salary hikes for civil servants and soldiers, issues the opposition championed during the 2013 national election, CNRP President Kem Sokha said on Wednesday.
Making the wrong choice in the upcoming commune election will invite poverty, suffering and fear, CNRP President Kem Sokha warned yesterday, as ruling party officials continued to describe a vote for the opposition as a vote for war and social unrest.
Private television stations are failing to follow National Election Committee (NEC) advertising guidelines, making it difficult for the opposition to buy airtime for its campaign ads, CNRP spokesman Yim Sovann said yesterday.
A CNRP television spot featuring former party president Sam Rainsy may have been rejected on Monday, but the country’s main opposition has found other ways to promote the exiled leader in its campaigning ahead of the June 4 commune elections.
The CNRP will cut all ministry budgets by 20 percent if it wins next year’s national election to free up funds to provide $500,000 annually to each commune, the party’s spokesman said on Monday, a proposal dismissed by the ruling party as empty election season chatter.
Ink that will be used to mark voters’ fingers during the June 4 commune election is trustworthy, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Monday, two weeks after the country’s top election committee found that a sample batch of the stainer could be rubbed out with hair-straightening products.
The CPP has filed a complaint to a commune election committee in Takeo province alleging that a group of CNRP supporters obstructed a ruling party parade of about 400 supporters on Saturday, officials said yesterday.
Officials yesterday said government-issued media guidelines for election coverage which prohibit the publication of news that affects the country’s “social stability” were just a “reminder” of existing laws, but some NGOs said the issuing of the code of conduct was an act meant to “stifle dissent.”
Skirting the fiery rhetoric of some of its past rallies and the strong response from authorities that it often elicited, the CNRP kicked off its commune election campaign with a message of change.
Throngs of supporters clad in white shirts and hats emblazoned with the CPP logo officially kicked off the ruling party’s commune election campaign in Phnom Penh over the weekend.
There's a festive spirit south of central Phnom Penh this morning as several hundred CNRP supporters gather on motorbikes, trucks, and SUVs on the newly-inaugurated Hun Sen Boulevard. From here, the parade will slowly snake north and then west of the city over the course of the day.
As the country enters its first campaign period since the CNRP nearly upset the ruling party in 2013, the opposition party believes momentum is on its side.