Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Cambodian People's Party sweeps Senate elections

Cambodian People's Party sweeps Senate elections

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Polling officials empty ballot boxes after the end of voting for the Senate elections this afternoon. Sreng Meng Srun

Cambodian People's Party sweeps Senate elections

The Cambodian People’s Party has swept all 58 seats up for grabs in today’s Senate elections, the National Election Committee has confirmed.

The four-party ballot was expected to be a blowout for the CPP, who took commanding hold of the country’s commune councils following the forced dissolution of the main opposition party and the redistribution of its seats. Commune councillors and National Assembly lawmakers cast votes in the indirect election today, with around 95 percent of those voting belonging to the ruling party.

The polls come three months after the Cambodia National Rescue Party was dissolved for allegedly attempting to foment "revolution" in the country, with the party’s former president, Kem Sokha, jailed for alleged "treason".

Earlier in the day, the NEC announced a 99.7 percent turnout, with the remainder missing out on the vote due to sickness or travel.

NEC Chairman Sik Bun Hok also defended the integrity of the country’s elections despite the absence of the CNRP and the pulling of funding by the United States and European Union.

Full story here.

MOST VIEWED

  • First deportees of the year touch down in Cambodia

    Twenty-five Cambodian-Americans landed in Phnom Penh on Wednesday, marking the first such deportations of the year. “On Wednesday, US law enforcement authorities deported 25 Cambodian nationals that immigration judges determined had no legal basis to remain in the US,” said Arend Zwartjes, spokesperson for the US

  • Qatar Airways to connect Doha and Siem Reap town

    Qatar Airways Company QCSC has announced a new route connecting Qatar’s capital Doha with Siem Reap, a move hailed by local officials as a significant step to boost tourist numbers. A Qatar Airways representative, speaking at the Kuwait Aviation Show, announced on Thursday that

  • Sokha defence denies Tech’s claims

    ON DAY two of Kem Sokha’s treason trial, lawyers for the government said the defence had raised questions in an attempt to allow their client to make a public statement and a conclusion to the case, something his legal team denied. Ky Tech, a

  • Cambodian general visits Myanmar to enhance national defence cooperation

    Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) commander-in-chief Vong Pisen is now in Myanmar leading a delegation that aims to improve ties, particularly in national defence, with the fellow Asean member. The timing of Pisen’s four-day visit to the Southeast Asian neighbour is highly symbolic, with

  • Sokha’s treason trial begins

    The treason trial of Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) president Kem Sokha began at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday with the presentation of a two-minute video clip. The footage, which was the basis of the charge against him, was dismissed by

  • Probe underway after wreckage of drone with Chinese characters found

    Air Force Command spokesman Prak Sokha said on Sunday that investigations are underway regarding the wreckage of a drone that was recovered in Koh Kong province’s Koh Sdech commune in Kiri Sakor district. The wreckage has been taken to the capital for further examination,