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The Ministry of Interior yesterday warned human rights groups that they are being closely watched for alleged bias towards

Party flags flutter atop a CPP billboard in front a microfinance office in Kandal province’s Takhmao town yesterday.
Fri, 2 June 2017

Kandal drowning in debt: MFI loan burden may cost CPP in commune elections

By the end of last year, Cambodians collectively owed $3.1 billion to microfinance institutions (MFIs), according to a World Bank report, a figure that would not have escaped the notice of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party.

CPP supporters gather on Hun Sen Boulevard yesterday to prepare for the party’s final day of campaigning today.
Fri, 2 June 2017

CNRP gets approval to hold final rally in city after ruling party

After days of haggling, the opposition was yesterday granted permission to conduct its final rally of the commune election campaign in Phnom Penh today, t

Students from several high schools in Kandal province stand up to greet Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol at an event held at a CPP district headquarters on Sunday. Fresh news
Fri, 2 June 2017

Student rally ‘violated neutrality’

Several hundred students were mobilised to attend a ruling party election campaign event earlier this week in Kandal’s Koh Thom district, during which they were told to vote for the CPP, in an apparent breach of the law requiring sc

A CPP campaign rally crosses paths with an opposition CNRP rally in the capital's Meanchey district on the first day of campaigning last month.
Thu, 1 June 2017

CNRP to go ahead with rally plans

The Cambodia National Rescue Party has been told it will not be allowed to hold its final commune election campaign rally at Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park on Friday because it could threaten the safety of Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has

Prime Minister’s Bodyguard Unit members march during anniversary celebrations in September last year. Opposition commune council candidates in Kandal fear the voter lists in their communes have been stacked with members of the bodyguard unit that don’t reside in the area.
Thu, 1 June 2017

Deployed for the campaign? CNRP concerned at number of soldiers registering in some communes

With the commune election now just days away, Cambodia National Rescue Party candidates in four provinces say they believe their communes have been stacked with soldiers who have enrolled as voters despite not residing in the area a

Keo Vibol, 36, at a street stall in Kandal province.
Wed, 31 May 2017

Four female voters on the issues that matter most to them

Keo Vibol, 36, smiles as she comforts her young son. She sits with her mother, Srey Em, 61, at a street-side store in Kampot province.

A fortuneteller predicts the results of the upcoming commune elections at her stall along the riverside yesterday in Phnom Penh.
Wed, 31 May 2017

City seers provide their poll forecasts

After lighting a cluster of incense sticks and bowing three times, a fortuneteller on the capital’s north side yesterday draped his neck with wooden beads and ivory carvings before fanning out a deck of playing cards.

Opposition leader Kem Sokha speaks at a CNRP campaign rally yesterday in Ratanakiri's Banlung district. Facebook
Wed, 31 May 2017

CNRP vows to train chiefs

An opposition spokesman said the party would train commune chiefs across the political spectrum on how to best use the CNRP’s promised $500,000 in funds for each of the country’s 1,646 communes if it came to power in 2018. CNRP Spokesman Yim Sovann, reacting to criticism over the feasibility of the policy proposal, took to Facebook to say the party would ensure commune chiefs were properly trained on how to use the money and implement development plans that will be laid out by an opposition government.

Female CNRP supporters and commune election candidates attend a meeting with opposition leader Kem Sokha earlier this month at party headquarters in Phnom Penh.
Wed, 31 May 2017

Women pushed aside: Many female candidates find themselves sliding down pecking order

Women’s rights activists have long decried the dearth of female representation on Cambodia’s political scene.