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.
The tycoons named by Global Witness were logging baron Try Pheap, Cambodian People’s Party senators Ly Yong Phat, a sugar magnate, Mong Reththy, and Lao Meng Khin, one of Hun Sen’s closest private sector allies.
Cambodians headed to the polls today for an election in which the only viable alternative party has been banned. That’s helped the country’s prime minister of more than three decades to extend his reign even longer. But that’s not enough for Hun Sen, who wants legitimacy as well as assured victory.