CPP win general election but irregularities claimed
Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) appears to have won the general election which took place on Sunday.
Although no formal announcement has yet been made by the National Election Committee, the CPP is reported to have won 67 of the 123 seats in the National Assembly, down from 90 seats in 2008.
Although Sam Rainsy was not permitted to stand for election, having received a royal pardon and returned from exile at the start of the election campaign, his party, the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) did extremely well by taking 56 seats, up from 29 seats in 2008.
The CNRP are questioning the results of the election saying that they were many irregularities. This has been backed up by European Union observers who had misgivings about aspects of the election despite it being one of the most peaceful elections in modern times.
In a press release Transparency International say that in “60% of polling stations, citizens with proper identification were unable to find their names on this (electoral register) list” and that “In 26% of the polling stations, people were allowed to vote without valid identification” whilst “Voting with ICEs was prevalent and in 93% of polling stations ICEs were used. In an alarming 12% of stations, 51 or more voters used an ICE to vote”. (ICE is a temporary identification document distributed by Commune Councils).
If the result holds then Hun Sen will serve for a further five years as prime minister having already been in power for 28 years.
Turnout was 69% according to Transparency International, down from 2008 when it was 81.5%.