PM invites opposition members to join CPP

Prime Minister Hun Sen has promised CNRP commune officials they can keep their positions once their party is dissolved, so long as they disavow their former party and join the ruling CPP. ...

Khuon Narim

CPP village chiefs to stay put despite poll results

CPP-appointed village chiefs will remain in their positions despite changes to commune control following recent polls, the Interior Minister has said. Sar Kheng made the comments as he presided over the ceremony to appoint new Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng at City Hall on Wednesday. ...

Khy Sovuthy

Monitor’s results CPP took about 50% at election

Transparency International (TI) Cambodia yesterday said that the ruling Cambodian People’s Party appeard to have won 49.4 percent of the nationwide popular vote on June 4 based on the stations it monitored, nearly six percentage points ahead of the CNRP’s 43.2 percent. ...

Ananth Baliga

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. ...

Ben Sokhean

Ruling party scraps policy to promote failed candidates gov’t advisory roles

The ruling Cambodian People’s Party has canceled plans for failed local election candidates to be appointed to advisory positions in the government. ...

Kann Vicheika

CPP wins Doung recount

After a full recount, the NEC said the results now stood at 2,611 votes to the CPP and 2,609 to the CNRP, handing the commune that was initially won by the opposition to the ruling party. The body said it deliberated on 141 invalid ballots, ...

Chhay Channyda

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 ...

Ben Sokhean

Carving Tbong Khmum from Kampong Cham may see CPP gain assembly seat

Four years ago, when the opposition snatched Kampong Cham away from the ruling party in 2013 national elections, it hinted at a deeper shift taking place in what was then the Kingdom’s most populous province. ...

Mech Dara and Erin Handley

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. ...

Ben Sokhean

With CNRP gains come risks: panel

The mixed results of the June 4 commune elections may have allowed both major parties to save face, but the opposition’s large gains show it has a serious chance of winning next year’s national election – and that could attract violent backlash from the government, ...

Alex Willemyns

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. ...

Ben Sokhean and Janelle Retka

Spinning the poll results

Already looking ahead to 2018, Prime Minister Hun Sen has told his Cambodian People’s Party that had Sunday’s commune elections been a national election, they would have won even more National Assembly seats than they did in 2013. ...

Alex Willemyns and Meas Sokchea

Main parties cut into each other’s traditional strongholds

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. ...

Michael Dickison

CPP, Opposition lodge Commune Elections day complaints

The ruling CPP and opposition CNRP have filed a combined 39 official complaints over the running of Sunday’s commune elections while independent observers continue to criticize pre-election conditions that they say likely compromised the poll.Hang Puthea, spokesman for the National Election Committee (NEC), said the ...

Ben Sokhean

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

Two women go head-to-head in election dominated by men

As Cambodians go to the polls on Sunday to elect new local council representatives, in a contest dominated by men, two women are facing off for control of this Kampong Speu province commune. ...

Sun Narin

Small parties can't help you, says PM

Prime Minister Hun Sen has said voters should consider casting their ballot for the ruling CPP rather than for small parties that have done nothing for the country. In remarks posted on Facebook, Mr Hun Sen said: “Other small parties have only campaigned by promising this ...

Khuon Narim

CPP asks employers to give workers day off to vote

“The CPP encourages all companies, owners of factories to give workers and their staff, particularly those registered to vote in the commune elections, appropriate time off so that they may have a chance to cast their votes,” a letter from the ruling party says. The CPP ...

Mom Kunthear

CPP complains of CNRP march

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. ...

Ben Sokhean

Unions reluctant to join CPP

Some unions seem reluctant to answer the CPP’s call for unionised workers to be allowed to join tomorrow’s launch of campaigning for the June 4 commune elections. ...

Sen David

Commune vote pits CPP roots against CNRP momentum

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. The researchers found that in the three communes they visited, the ruling party was deeply intertwined with the ...

Ben Paviour

Parties’ funding plans differ

The two main political parties contesting the upcoming commune elections revealed disparate campaign budget plans yesterday, with the opposition pledging to spend over $1 million and a spokesman for the ruling CPP saying his party will not be creating a central campaigning budget at all. ...

Meas Sokchea

White Building residents asked to help CPP

Land Management Minister Chea Sophara on Friday reminded more than 200 residents and soon-to-be evictees of Phnom Penh’s iconic White Building to “help us back” by voting in upcoming elections in return for the government negotiating compensation for their properties. ...

Sek Odom

White Building dwellers told to vote CPP for speedy eviction deal

A day before Land Management Minister Chea Sophara was scheduled to meet residents of Phnom Penh’s iconic White Building, the locale’s village chiefs promised to find a quick solution to the residents’ impending eviction – if the ruling Cambodian People’s Party fared well in the ...

Sen David and Ananth Baliga

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