The high turnout figures came amid a boycott campaign led by a former opposition party president and reports of a campaign of voter intimidation during the campaign and on election day. Some 7 percent of Siem Reap residents spoiled their ballots, according to the NEC figures.
“I told Mr. Prak Sokhonn that the results were disappointing in many ways as many of the ballots were judged invalid, although Japan had given its support to ensure that the polls would reflect the will of the voters,” Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said, according to the NHK report.
Three former opposition party officials in Battambang province have been reported to the National Election Committee by the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) over a post on Facebook in which they endorsed an election boycott known as the Clean Finger Campaign.
NEC has registered 107 domestic groups, which will be dominated by the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia (UYFC), an organization led by Hun Many, the prime minister’s son and a lawmaker for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP).