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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



  • Ros Savoeurn, the CNRP’s first candidate in Kandal’s Doeum Reus commune, claims he was intimidated by masked men prior to Sunday’s commune election vote.

    CNRP candidate claims threat

    The United Nations is investigating claims that military police attempted to kick an opposition commune chief candidate off a moving motorbike on the eve of the election in Kandal province, the Office of the High Commissioner for Hu

  • GDP supporters participate in a party campaign rally last week in Kampot province.

    Did small parties give CPP more commune victories?

    Predictions that a proliferation of small political parties would splinter the opposition vote may have been borne out at Sunday’s commune election polls, prompting social media outcry from CNRP supporters, even as smaller parties b

  • The new CNRP commune chief-elect for Kok Doung commune, Tuon Aun, 70, poses for a photograph at his residence in Siem Reap province.

    Low crop values and rising debt led a former CPP stronghold to go CNRP

    On Sunday, opposition commune chief candidate Tuon Aun won the rural Siem Reap commune of Kok Doung, a former bastion of support for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party, by more than 1,000 votes.

  • Opposition leader Kem Sokha leads a CNRP campaign rally on Friday in Phnom Penh.

    With a tenfold increase in communes won, CNRP readies for 2018

    Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha have never shied away from incredible claims about their opposition party’s popularity.

  • KNUP supporters participate in a party campaign rally last week in Phnom Penh.

    Victories were few for small parties

    As commune election results continued to trickle in yesterday, it was abundantly clear that Cambodia’s political landscape is now dominated by just two main competitors.

  • Transparency International Cambodia Executive Director Preap Kol speaks to the press about the preliminary results.

    CPP lead in popular vote slim, say NGOs

    Preliminary returns from Sunday’s commune elections appear to show a tighter popular vote than the breakdown of communes won would seem to suggest, with the CNRP raking in an estimated 45 percent of votes to the CPP’s 48 percent, according to a coalition of NGOs. Though the figures were based only

  • Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks at a CPP campaign rally in Phnom Penh on Friday.

    CPP-led Senate secure, Prime Minister notes

    Prime Minister Hun Sen pointed out in a Facebook post today that the opposition had failed to wrest control of the Senate from his ruling Cambodian People's Party, despite having hoped to do so, losing out on crucial constitutional powers in the process. Only commune councillors vote in the six-

  • A CNRP supporter with the party logo stickers on his face.

    Popular vote closer than commune count suggests, Situation Room estimates

    Despite winning approximately 30 percent of commune seats up for grabs, the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party is projected to take about 45 percent o

  • NEC Chairman Sik Bunhok speaks to the press in Phnom Penh after voting closed in commune elections yesterday.

    Minor hiccups at elections

    While yesterday’s commune elections went more smoothly than past iterations, they were not free from claims of irregularities, with opposition activists bearing the brunt of the legal punishments. Despite the relative calm, Koul Panha, the director of election watchdog Comfrel, said observers had

  • CPP supporters conduct a party campaign rally on Friday in Phnom Penh.

    ‘Law needed’ on campaign spending

    The amount of money political parties spent on the campaign trail ahead of yesterday’s nationwide commune elections varied wildly, with observers and party members yesterday blaming the lack of a campaign finance law in Cambodia for what they characterised as the uneven playing field among vying