Cambodian ruling party sweeps elections for municipal, provincial, district councilors

Phnom Penh  – The ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) of Prime Minister Hun Sen swept 2,543 out of the country’s 3,333 seats in the 2nd elections for municipal, provincial, and district councilors on Sunday, according to the preliminary results issued by the CPP.

The main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) of Sam Rainsy won only 769 seats, the results showed. The royalist Funcipec Party got 20 seats as the League for Democracy received one seat only.

The official results will be publicized on May 30.

Mao Sophearith, a member of the National Election Committee, said the non-universal poll was cast by 11,443 sitting commune councilors–typically along party lines–for the municipal, provincial, and district councilors.

“The atmosphere of the elections was smooth, and there was no any reports of violence,” he said.

CNRP’s president Sam Rainsy said Sunday afternoon that the party was “very satisfied” with the results because it won only 579 seats in the first elections five years ago.

“We will use our elected councilors to promote democracy to the grassroots,” he told a news conference. Source: Xinhua