Voter turnout almost 90 percent

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Voter turnout was almost 90 percent in the commune polls. KT/Chor Sokunthear

Voter turnout in Sunday’s polls was almost 90 percent, five percent higher than initial estimates, according to the National Election Committee.
Preliminary results showed 6,743,329 people had gone out to vote, or 85.74 percent, but that figure later rose to 7,040,033, or 89.52 percent.  
NEC spokesman Hang Puthea yesterday said the turnout figure is still not set in stone, but official data on election results should be released today. 
According to unofficial figures, the CNRP made big gains in Sunday’s polls, taking an estimated 44 percent of votes, while the ruling CPP took 51 percent.
The CPP won 6,521 commune seats, including 1,158 commune chiefs, while the CNRP took 4,993 commune seats, with 487 commune chief posts.
This shows the CPP will next year win a majority of seats in the National Assembly and continue to lead the government, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Monday.
CPP spokesman Sok Eysan said his party had actually received 300,000 more votes in the latest polls, compared to the 2013 general election.   
“We strongly hope that CPP will receive even more support in the national election 2018 to lead the country’s development,” he said.
CNRP spokesman Yim Sovann said the increase in voter turnout was a good sign for democracy.
“This shows people understand about their role in elections,” Mr Sovann said.
According to the Comfrel situation room, Mr Sovann said the CNRP won between 485 and 500 commune chief posts and about 5,000 deputy commune chief positions.
He added that unofficial results had underestimated the opposition’s success. 
“CNRP will file a complaint to request a recount in any communes with irregularities,” Mr Sovann said.

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