The dust has settled since a mammoth 90 percent of Cambodian voters went to the polls in June to elect their local commune leaders — one man told Post reporters on the day that he saw people so sick they could not walk being carried into voting stations.
Commentators considered it a bellwether ahead of next summer's national election, while opposition leader Kem Sokha had talked up his party's ability to build on momentum gained four years ago when the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) sent shockwaves across the Kingdom's political scene by winning 44.5 percent of the national vote.
The ruling Cambodia People's Party's (CPP) ended up winning a comfortable 70 percent of the 1,646 communes up for grabs, with the CNRP taking all but one of the rest. By Sokha's own admission, it was not the result he had hoped for, with Prime Minister Hun Sen immediately hailing the ruling CPP's victory as a sign that Cambodians are happy with the status quo.
But the opposition nonetheless made huge gains on their last commune elections performance, with a tenfold increase in the overall number of communes won, and swings in some provinces that would have seemed unthinkable in 2012 — particularly in the urban hubs of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
Below is a breakdown of the results from each province. Each chart shows the number of communes won by chiefs from each party as a percentage of the overall number of communes up for grabs in that province. In 2017 they show results for the CPP, the CNRP, and in one province for an outside party — the League for Democracy Party (LDP). In 2012 they show the CPP, the LDP, and combined results for the Human Rights Party (HRP) and the Sam Rainsy Party (SRP), which later merged to form the CNRP. You can read more of our election coverage here.