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Commune elections open

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CNRP’s Kem Sokha casts his vote in Chak Angre Leu primary school in Meanchey district.KT/Mai Vireak

Prime Minister Hun Sen and opposition leader Kem Sokha cast their votes early this morning in today’s commune elections.
A total of 22,148 polling stations across the country opened their doors to registered voters at 7:00 AM. Some 7.8 million people are registered to vote for chiefs and councilors in more than 1,600 communes, with close to 12 political parties fielding candidates.
Five polling stations in three provinces have been moved to nearby locations due to flooding.    
Mr Hun Sen of the ruling CPP and his wife Bun Rany cast their votes in Takhmao town while Kem Sokha, from the opposition CNRP, cast his vote in Chak Angre Leu primary school in Meanchey district. 
Speaking to reporters at around 7:30 AM today, Mr Hun Sen reminded them about the National Election Commission guidelines and Election Law.
“If you interview me like this in a polling station, it is a big mistake. Foreign journalists are asking me, who did I vote for? If I answer, I will be going against the Election Law,” he said.
CNRP’s Kem Sokha told reporters that his party had a specific post-election plan “but it depended on the voters”. He did not elaborate what his post-election plan was.
“I thank all the Cambodian people who came out to vote today,” Mr Sokha said.
Today, the NEC also issued a warning letter to the president of the League for Democracy Party (LDP) Khem Veasna.
The NEC, in the letter, said the LDP had defied the commission’s directive to stop campaigning after Friday.
The letter added that the LDP continued on Saturday to use social media to attack other parties.
Meanwhile, Transparency International Cambodia has deployed more than 1,000 election observers across the country to ensure polling was free and fair and in accordance with NEC regulations.
“Overall as of 10:00 AM today, all polling stations opened on time will all ballot boxes intact and all polling officers present,” said TI in a statement.

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