Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Four parties to square off in February Senate vote



Four parties to square off in February Senate vote

Senators ahead of a vote in October. The NEC has said four parties are eligible to contest the February Senate elections. Keo Ratana
Senators ahead of a vote in October. The NEC has said four parties are eligible to contest the February Senate elections. Keo Ratana

Four parties to square off in February Senate vote

The National Election Committee (NEC) said only four political parties had registered to contest the February Senate elections, from which the country’s main opposition, the Cambodia National Rescue Party, will be excluded following its widely condemned dissolution by the Supreme Court in November.

For the election, the Kingdom’s 25 provinces are divided into eight regions, with commune councillors and National Assembly members voting for 58 seats in the Senate. Two seats are nominated by the National Assembly and another two by the King, for a total of 62.

The ruling Cambodian People’s Party and the royalist Funcinpec party will contest all eight regions for the indirect elections, with Khmer National United Party and Cambodian Youth Party (CYP) contesting in seven and three regions, respectively. Both Funcinpec and the CYP had filed complaints seeking the dissolution of the CNRP, which the government accused of seeking to foment “revolution”.

NEC Deputy Secretary-General Som Sorida said five parties had registered to contest the elections, but following the CNRP’s dissolution, “one party did not have sufficient qualifications for registering for the election”.

The CYP will go into the elections with only three commune councillor votes, but party President Pich Sros defended its right to participate.

“We just do what we can based on our ability. We . . . have to take part,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Kingdom's Covid cluster cases jump to 194

    The Ministry of Health on February 25 confirmed 65 new cases of Covid-19, with 58 linked to the February 20 community transmission. The latest cluster cases include nine Vietnamese nationals, five Cambodians, one each from Korea, Singapore and Japan, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total number

  • Preah Sihanouk hit with travel ban

    Preah Sihanouk Provincial Administration has announced a temporary travel ban to and from the province, except for ambulances and trucks transporting goods. The announcement came after prime minister Hun Sen called on people in the province to travel only if necessary, and that people not

  • AstraZeneca jabs touch down in Phnom Penh airport

    The first shipment of 324,000 doses of the AstraZeneca/SII vaccine which was provided through the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility was delivered to Phnom Penh International Airport on March 2. The rest of the COVAX provided vaccines will arrive in Cambodia at a later date.

  • Cambodia's Covid cluster cases rise to 137

    The Ministry of Health on February 24 recorded 40 more cases of Covid-19, with 38 linked to the February 20 community transmission. Of the 40, two are imported cases involving Chinese passengers. The 38 include two Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total cases

  • Covid cluster raises alarm, health bodies urge vigilance

    The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia have expressed great concern over the February 20 cluster transmission of Covid-19 in the community. Both entities appealed for vigilance and cooperation in curbing further spread of the virus. Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said

  • Cambodia's cluster cases jump to 259

    The Ministry of Health on February 27 recorded 26 more cases of Covid-19 linked to the February 20 community transmission, bringing the total to 259 in one week. The 26 include three Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. The ministry noted that five of the Chinese