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As count ticks upward, parties spin competing narratives

With official tallies from Sunday’s commune elections slowed by internet hiccups, both major political parties provided similar results but different stories on Monday on which had won a vote that drew a record 7 million Cambodians to the polls—300,000 more than had been previously reported ...

Ben Paviour and Kuch Naren
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/as-count-ticks-upward-parties-spin-competing-narratives-130998/

CPP lead in popular vote slim, say NGOs

Preliminary returns from Sunday’s commune elections appear to show a tighter popular vote than the breakdown of communes won would seem to suggest, with the CNRP raking in an estimated 45 percent of votes to the CPP’s 48 percent, according to a coalition of NGOs. ...

Andrew Nachemson, Soth Koemsoeun and Niem Chheng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cpp-lead-popular-vote-slim-say-ngos

Ex-Adhoc staffer, now CPP Commune Chief-elect, pledges to address logging

Apparent CPP Commune Chief-elect Chhay Thy yesterday pledged to tackle ongoing forestry crimes in Ratanakkiri’s Pate commune – a cause he strongly advocated for during his tenure as a human rights staffer at Adhoc. ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ex-adhoc-staffer-now-cpp-commune-chief-elect-pledges-address-logging

Independent observers complain about pre-vote conditions

A day removed from Sunday’s commune elections, independent observers remained mostly positive about polling day but, troubled more by the conditions leading up to the day itself, refrained from declaring the elections free and fair. ...

Ben Sokhean and Zsombor Peter
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/independent-observers-complain-about-pre-vote-conditions-130997/

Ruling party, Opposition both claim commune election win

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 ...

Ben Paviour, Van Roeun and Brendan O’byrne
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/ruling-party-opposition-both-claim-commune-election-win-130972/

Monitor raises concerns over commune election integrity

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. .. ...

Phan Soumy
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/monitor-raises-concerns-over-commune-election-integrity-130428/

Let workers return home for elections: Unions

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. ...

Chhorn Phearun and Hannah Hawkins
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/let-workers-return-home-elections-unions-130376/

Reporters targeted over election questions

A commune chief has filed an official complaint against two Cambodia Daily reporters who interviewed villagers in Ratanakkiri province as part of the newspaper’s commune election coverage, accusing them of arriving “with bad intentions.” ...

George Wright and Van Roeun
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/reporters-targeted-election-questions-130305/

Hun Sen gives stamp of approval on election Ink

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 ...

Ouch Sony
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/hun-sen-gives-stamp-approval-election-ink-130272/

Village politician changes sides

After six years with the opposition, deputy commune chief Yoeun Yong has decided to jump ship and join the ruling CPP for the upcoming commune elections.Mr. Yong’s name was the seventh to appear on the CNRP ballot paper for the Koh Anlong Chin commune in ...

Ven Rathavong And Ros Chanveasna
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/37522/village-politician-changes-sides/

Thousands of election body workers missing weeks of wages

Tens of thousands of workers contracted by the government to prepare Cambodia for the June 4 commune elections, many of whom are still waiting to be paid for work in February, will have to wait for their March and April salaries until after Khmer New ...

Phan Soumy
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/thousands-of-election-body-workers-missing-weeks-of-wages-127966/

Sokha: CNRP will win elections

Kem Sokha has claimed official and unofficial opinion polls show the opposition CNRP is on track to win a majority at the commune elections in June.Addressing supporters at a fundraising drive in Auckland, New Zealand last week, the opposition leader said his party was making ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/37388/sokha--cnrp-will-win-elections/

Commune Chief Collectors’ Scam Follows Election

The commune election had only just ended on Sunday when the scam had started. On Tuesday, a well-dressed man claiming to be the brother of one of Phnom Penh’s newly reelected commune chiefs visited a business to present an invitation. It was convincing: The father of the ...

CPP Claims 72% of Seats In Communes

The CPP yesterday declared victory in Sunday’s commune election, saying it had taken 72 percent of the country’s commune councilor seats and all but 41 of the country’s 1,633 powerful commune chief positions. The SRP in turn said it took 19 percent of the available councilor ...

After Threats to Cut Pay, Garment Workers Strike

Nearly 2,000 workers at the Gawon Apparel Co. garment factory in Kandal province’s Takhmao City protested in front of the factory yesterday after they were informed that they would lose pay for any days missed during the commune election, which takes place Sunday, union representatives ...

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