Cambodia's leader said on Friday he would press ahead with forming a new government even if the main opposition party tried to block the process it. Hun Sen, long-serving prime minister the Southeast Asia country, told a crown of farmers and his government officials in a tour to Kandal province. The comment made after both sides -- his ruling party the CPP and the opposition party CNRP of Sam Rainsy - claimed victory in last Sunday's general election. Pin Sisovann, Washington.
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday appeared in public for the first time since Sunday's election, saying the ruling Cambodian People's Party was ready to begin negotiations with the opposition party over the formation of the National Assembly. "We're prepared and open to political discussions between parties that have won seats on the leadership of the National Assembly," he said. CPP officials have said they won the election, 68 to 55, but opposition leaders say they don't accept those numbers and that a high number of irregularities marred the election process. Kong Sothanarith, Phnom Penh.
A non-governmental organization observing the Sunday's election said that many irregularities may have affected the election results. At a polling station in Phnom Penh's Russey Keo district, a group of voters were complaining about duplicate names on voter lists and 'indelible ink' that could be washed off. Mak Kear is one of them. He said his wife's name appeared twice on a voter list and he could easily remove the ink from his index finger just some minutes after casting his ballot on Sunday. Say Mony reports from Phnom Penh.
Cambodia migrant labors working abroad couldn't come to cast their ballots in general election on July 28, according to their relatives in Prey Veng province. Villagers said their sons and daughters who are now working in neighboring Thailand couldn't afford to come to cast their ballots because of expensive travel fees. VOA Khmer's Kong Sothanarith reports from Prey Veng province.
The US State department on Monday urged all parties and their supporters in Cambodia election to act in an orderly and peaceful manner in the post-election period. The United States commends the Cambodian people for their active and peaceful participation during the national election, US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told the media Monday. Pin Sisovann, Washington.
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.