Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - CNRP putting it to a vote

CNRP putting it to a vote

A CNRP member casts her vote to nominate a party candidate yesterday in Kandal province’s Khsach Kandal district to contest in the upcoming commune elections.
A CNRP member casts her vote to nominate a party candidate yesterday in Kandal province’s Khsach Kandal district to contest in the upcoming commune elections. Heng Chivoan

CNRP putting it to a vote

As it whittles down its candidates for June’s commune election, the opposition party has started holding ballots to settle who will get on its lists in areas where intra-party negotiations failed to narrow the field.

In the first vote of its kind for the Cambodia National Rescue Party, 253 villagers in Koh Cho Ram commune in Kandal province’s Khsach Kandal district yesterday chose five out of 11 candidates, as well as their respective order on the list, to contest for the opposition.

The winner, Mak Chamroeun, who now takes the top spot on the ballot and will become chief if the CNRP wins the commune, yesterday welcomed the outcome, saying he looked forward to serving his community if successful in June.

“I’m determined to serve in line with the party and government and will spend the assets and resources I have,” Chamroeoun said.

CNRP lawmaker Eng Chhay Eang, who attended yesterday’s vote, said the party wanted to be fair in its selection of candidates.

“If through compromise we cannot agree together, [we] let citizens in the grassroots decide their fate,” Chhay Eang said.

The party had planned to hold such elections in 48 communes across 11 provinces, though some communes had already been resolved, he said.

The ruling Cambodian People’s Party also plans local ballots to select candidates in communes, though unlike with the CNRP contests, in which all villagers can votes, the choice will be left to CPP members, said party spokesman Sok Eysan.


  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all