Cambodia ruling party scores landslide local poll win
June 06 2022 02:19 PM
Cambodian election officials count ballots as Sovannarom Dim (C), a member of the National Election
Cambodian election officials count ballots as Sovannarom Dim (C), a member of the National Election Committee and chief of quick reaction information team of NEC, observes at a polling station during local commune elections in Phnom Penh on June 5, 2022

AFP/Phnom Penh

Cambodia's ruling party won a landslide victory in local polls, preliminary results released by the country's National Election Committee showed Monday.
The country voted Sunday with opposition figures hoping to dent long-time leader Hun Sen's grip on power ahead of national elections next year.
But preliminary results showed the prime minister's ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) had scored a landslide, taking roughly 80 percent of the total seats.
The opposition Candlelight Party (CP) managed to gain some traction, polling at 18 percent.
The CP said in a statement the election was "not free and fair", and did "not reflect the will of Cambodian people".
However, the party stopped short of rejecting the results.
Internal CPP documents seen by AFP showed Hun Sen's party received more than 5.3 million popular votes, while the CP managed around 1.6 million votes.
Roughly seven million people voted in the election, the NEC said on Sunday, with turnout around 78 percent.
Official results are not expected until June 26.



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