Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Phnom Penh officially gets nine new communes



Phnom Penh officially gets nine new communes

Phnom Penh officially gets nine new communes

Six Phnom Penh communes that backed the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party at the 2013 national election were carved up yesterday in a move some analysts feared was politically motivated.

The municipality divided Stung Meanchey and Choam Chao into three communes each. Boeung Tompun, Kakab, Tuol Sangke, and Phnom Penh Thmey communes were each split in two.

The move adds a total of nine new communes and, consequently, nine new commune chief positions, and seats for nine commune councils.

The divisions were first mooted in November 2015.

Phnom Penh city spokesman Mean Chanyada said the new communes were being created to address issues such as a growing population, geography and socioeconomic issues. “One commune has only 10 state officials to provide public services to the people,” he said.

All six communes voted for the opposition in 2013, according to data from Open Development Cambodia.

Koul Panha, of election monitor Comfrel, said the government had a history of redrawing boundaries for political gain. In 2013, the CNRP stronghold of Kampong Cham was split in two, with all five districts that voted CPP placed in the new province of Tbong Khmum.

“There are many, many communes with very high population density,” Panha said, wondering why these communes were chosen.

San Chey, of the accountability watchdog ANSA-EAP, said the decision looked “political”, adding the city “should increase public services rather than increasing the amount of communes”.

Additional reporting by Khouth Sophak Chakrya

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia on the verge of national tragedy, WHO warns

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia warned that the country had reached another critical point amid a sudden, huge surge in community transmission cases and deaths. “We stand on the brink of a national tragedy because of Covid-19. Despite our best efforts, we are

  • Phnom Penh curfew starts today

    A two-week curfew from 8pm to 5am starts today in Phnom Penh, a day after a sub-decree detailing administrative measures to contain Covid-19 was issued by Prime Minister Hun Sen. “Travelling in Phnom Penh is temporally banned between 8pm and 5am,” said Phnom Penh governor

  • Vaccination open to foreigners in Cambodia

    The Ministry of Health on April 8 issued an announcement on Covid-19 vaccination for foreigners residing and working in Cambodia, directing the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and local authorities to register them. Health minister Mam Bun Heng, who is also head of the inter-ministerial

  • Cambodia gears up for muted New Year festival

    The recent curfew and restrictions imposed in the capital and other Covid-19 hotspots were intended to break the chain of transmission, Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine said as municipal and provincial authorities issued new directives banning certain activities during the upcoming Khmer New Year

  • Culture ministry: Take Tuol Sleng photos down, or else

    The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts has told Irish photographer Matt Loughrey to take down the photos of Khmer Rouge victims at Tuol Sleng Genocidal Museum which he allegedly colourised and altered to show them smiling. The ministry said Loughrey's work is unacceptable, affecting

  • Covid-19 vaccination now obligatory

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on April 11 issued a sub-decree making Covid-19 vaccination compulsory for individuals unless they have a medical certificate proving they have pre-existing health conditions that prevent them from doing so. «This applies to all members of the armed forces and civil servants