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Live blog: Commune elections 2017

Publication date 04 June 2017 | 01:42 | ICT

The Cambodian People’s Party won 70 percent of the country’s 1,646 commune councils at yesterday’s elections, according to unofficial results published by a government-aligned media outlet – a marked drop from the 97 percent it won in 2012

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  • A side street leading to Phnom Penh’s Svay Pak commune, the site of recent defections, is flanked by a CPP billboard on one side and a CNRP billboard on the other. Political theatre of switching parties
    Publication date 25 May 2017 | 06:19 | ICT

    Off of National Road 5, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, a dusty road leading to Svay Pak commune is flanked by two party billboards: the ruling

  • Garment workers stitch clothes at a factory on the outskirts of Phnom Penh in 2014. Garment sector weighing vote
    Publication date 30 May 2017 | 10:08 | ICT

    Eating lunch in the shade inside Phnom Penh’s Canadia Industrial Park last week, garment worker Heng Lai Yim, 32, defended her decision to vote for a

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  • CPP supporters gather on Hun Sen Boulevard yesterday to prepare for the party’s final day of campaigning today.

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

    Publication date 02 June 2017 | 06:55 | ICT

    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

    Student rally ‘violated neutrality’

    Publication date 02 June 2017 | 06:59 | ICT

    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

  • Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak, seen speaking at an event last year in Phnom Penh, yesterday accused several NGOs of violating their legally mandated ‘neutrality’.

    NGOs under close watch for bias

    Publication date 02 June 2017 | 06:46 | ICT

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

  • 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.

    CNRP to go ahead with rally plans

    Publication date 01 June 2017 | 06:37 | ICT

    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.

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

    Publication date 01 June 2017 | 06:23 | ICT

    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.

    Four female voters on the issues that matter most to them

    Publication date 31 May 2017 | 08:15 | ICT

    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.

    City seers provide their poll forecasts

    Publication date 31 May 2017 | 06:18 | ICT

    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

    CNRP vows to train chiefs

    Publication date 31 May 2017 | 06:38 | ICT

    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

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

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

    Publication date 31 May 2017 | 06:11 | ICT

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

  • View from the provinces: How the campaigns played out last week

    Publication date 30 May 2017 | 19:12 | ICT

    On Monday we reported from Kampong Cham, where Seang Chet - a former Sam Rainsy Party Commune Chief who was jailed last year after being swept up in authorities’ investigation of an alleged love affair between CNRP President Kem Sokha and a hairdresser - is hard at work campaigning.