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Cambodian People's Party sweeps Senate elections

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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.

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