Cambodia’s ruling party has reportedly won in national elections Sunday, but it appears to have lost a significant number of seats in parliament. According to preliminary election figures released by Information Minister Khieu Kanharith, the Cambodian People’s Party won 68 of 123 National Assembly seats. That’s a loss of 22 seats from its sweeping victory in 2008, but it is still a majority, giving the CPP a continued hold on power. The CPP lost ground to an energized opposition, the Cambodia National Rescue Party, which won 55 seats, according to the early figures. Sok Khemara, Washington.
Voting kicked off in Cambodia early on Sunday with the incumbent Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife are amongst the first to cast their ballots. Voters said they hoped the results would be accepted by everyone and that no major violence or issues will rise after the election results are revealed. VOA Khmer's Say Mony report from Kandal province.
Cambodians Voters Wish Election Results Honored Voters lined up outside polling stations Sunday July 28 to cast their ballots in the general election to choose 123 representatives for the country parliament. Both biggest parties CPP and CNRP claimed their victory, a move independent monitors called "too early". Preliminary results are expected late on Sunday after the polls close. But official results are not expected for a month. VOA Khmer's Pin Sisovann, Washington.
Cambodia opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who couldn't vote, met with voters on Sunday while Cambodians were voting in Kampong Cham province. Polling stations were buzzing with activity as voters came to cast their ballots. VOA Khmer's Pin Sisovann reports from Washington.
Election monitors say a test of election ink that found it easily washable, and therefore a concern for fraudulent voting, was made in the spirit of transparency, and not to create "turmoil" ahead of Sunday's polls. The election watchdog Comfrel on Friday tested the ink, provided by the National Election Committee, and found it could be easily washed off the fingers of voters, which would allow some people to vote more than once. Typically, voters are required to dip an index finger in indelible ink, which prevents them from voting again. But Comfrel staff found the ink was easy to wash off within "minutes." VOA Khmer's Sok Khemara reports from Washington.
With less than 24 hours until polls open in Cambodia's hotly contested general election, monitors have warned that the supposedly indelible ink used to mark voters' fingers to stop them casting more than one ballot can be washed off in minutes.
Both the ruling Cambodian People’s Party and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party saw huge turnouts during campaigning on Friday, the last official day before Sunday’s national parliamentary elections. Cambodian elections typically have a day of quiet before Election Day, drawing supporters out into the streets as candidates declared their intentions for governance. (Khuon Theara, Phnom Penh)
Both the ruling Cambodian People's Party and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party saw huge turnouts during campaigning on Friday, the last official day before Sunday's national parliamentary elections. Cambodian elections typically have a day of quiet before Election Day, drawing supporters out into the streets as candidates declared their intentions for governance. The CPP had a major campaign push in Prey Veng province, in the east, where it won all 11 seats in the province in 2008. (Kong Sothanarith, Phnom Penh)
Thousands of people have been evicted from their homes to make way for a Chinese development in Koh Kong province. But some of the families have returned to their land, leaving a relocation site they say was insufficient for their needs. Meanwhile, work continues on the massive development, undertaken by the Chinese Union Development Group, to build a resort and casino on some 36,000 hectares of land along the pristine coast. Second of a two-part series. (Say Mony, Koh Kong province)