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Railway families remain uncertain as commune election candidates silent on their relocation

Seng Pha, 63, is unable to read the leaflets of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) posted on the wall of her wooden house, but she recognizes one of the candidates running for commune chief, out of a total of 35, in Boeung Kak II commune. ...

Sorn Sarath
https://cambojanews.com/railway-families-remain-uncertain-as-commune-election-candidates-silent-on-their-relocation/

Hun Sen gives factory workers 2-day break for June elections

The government will give all factory workers two days off to participate in the June 5 commune council elections. Owners of factories and manufacturing enterprises will be required to pay wages and other benefits as normal.   ...

Mom Kunthear
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/hun-sen-gives-factory-workers-2-day-break-june-elections

Candlelight Party congress issues official policy plans

The Candlelight Party has decided to adopt a seven-point policy plan in the run-up to the June 5 commune council elections. The decision came at the May 15 extraordinary congress of the party in Khmuonh commune’s Anlong Kgan village of the capital’s Sen Sok district. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/candlelight-party-congress-issues-official-policy-plans

EU, NEC meet ahead of elections

The EU Delegation to Cambodia on May 16 met with the National Election Committee (NEC) to discuss the Kingdom’s voting process and other technical aspects related to the commune council elections scheduled for June 5. ...

Nov Sivutha
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/eu-nec-meet-ahead-elections

NEC warns of strict action for violation of election laws

The National Election Committee (NEC) has warned that strict action will be taken for violation of laws during the campaign for commune elections next month. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501070024/nec-warns-of-strict-action-for-violation-of-election-laws/

NEC explains procedures for voters without national ID card

The National Election Committee (NEC) has requested citizens who do not have a national ID card to apply for an election identification document at the Commune Election Commission in their locality. They should apply within the 30 day period of May 5 to June 3. ...

Nov Sivutha
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/nec-explains-procedures-voters-without-national-id-card

Preah Sihanouk ‘not to be crime base’

Minister of Interior Sar Kheng has declared that Preah Sihanouk province must not develop a reputation for being a “crime base”, insisting that its image must be restored ahead of the Commune Council Election in order to regain the trust of foreign investors. ...

Lay Samean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/preah-sihanouk-not-be-crime-base

17 parties set for commune election

As of the final day of the registration period 82,786 candidates including 25,963 women had registered for the June 5 commune council elections, according to the National Election Committee (NEC).   ...

Nov Sivutha
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/17-parties-set-commune-election

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/

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