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Commune chief wins again

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Villagers in Prek Chrey have elected Kong Seoun commune chief for a fourth time. Supplied

A Cambodian People’s Party commune chief recently elected to his fourth mandate in Prey Veng province has vowed to draw on his years of experience to continue working for the residents of his commune and improve their livelihoods.
Kong Seoun, 65, was elected Prek Chrey commune chief for the fourth time during the June 4 commune elections, according to preliminary results from the National Election Committee.
According to the results, the CPP won 1,763 votes, while the CNRP won 1,513. The League for Democracy Party got 44 votes, the Beehive Social Democratic Party received 43 and Funcinpec got 40.
Mr Seoun attributed his fourth consecutive election win to his loyalty to the people and equal treatment of residents.
“I have always had good intentions for the people,” he said. “I complete my work on time and understand the people. I also apologise to them if there are any mistakes made through our work.”
Under his leadership, Mr Seoun said his commune had seen the development of roads, cooperation between security forces and residents, and the fulfilment of residents’ requests.
“People in my commune are very happy with the commune’s development,” he said. “Especially with a main road connecting the commune to Prey Veng town, which never existed before. And what makes them even happier is that there is now electricity in the villages, which they never thought would happen.”
Kim Sokhom, provincial secretary for election monitoring NGO Comfrel, said Mr Seoun must be doing something right to gain a fourth mandate and urged him to continue his work and not rest on his laurels.
“Despite his past popularity, the newly elected commune chief has to strengthen his work and make local people satisfied,” he said.
Eang Kimly, provincial coordinator for rights group Adhoc, suggested Mr Seoun would not have been the CPP’s candidate if he were not fulfilling party promises.
“There are always party policies that make promises to people before commune elections,” said Ms Kimly. “So, when he is elected, he must follow through on those promises.”
Ms Kimly added that Mr Seoun’s popularity would be likely to continue to grow if he continued to deliver on his promises.
Howevger, she warned him not to break them. 
“If he does not work effectively, his popularity and his party’s popularity might decrease,” she said.

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