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CPP dominates local council elections

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An NEC official tallies results from the elections. KT/Khem Sovannara

The National Election Committee on Saturday announced that the ruling CPP won the majority of seats during the council elections last month.

There were 559 municipal and provincial seats up for grabs in Phnom Penh and the 24 provinces, along with 3,555 council seats in the rest of the Kingdom’s districts and cities.

In a statement, the NEC said three out of seven parties that contested the polls on May 26 won seats. These parties are the CPP, the Khmer National United Party and Funcinpec.

“The ruling CPP received the most with 3,484 seats for municipal, provincial, and district councils, KNUP garnered 38 seats, and Funcinpec garnered 33 seats,” it said, noting that the seven parties that contested were the CPP, Khmer National United Party, Funcinpec, Khmer Nationality Party, Cambodian Youth Party, Khmer Will Party and Khmer Republican Party.

In a statement, the CPP said it supports the result of the council elections.

It also thanked all commune councillors who voted. It said that they were independent.

“This shows Cambodia’s strong commitment in pursuing unwaveringly on a path of peace, multi-party democracy and development,” it said. “The Cambodian People’s Party officially welcomes the results of the council elections, which was announced by the NEC on June 8, 2019.”

The statement added that voters had reciprocated their confidence towards the leadership of the CPP government.

KWP president Kong Monika, whose party did not garner a seat, yesterday said he expected the outcome.

However, Mr Monika said the NEC is admirable for organising the elections in accordance with the law.

“The Khmer Will Party is not surprised about the results of the council elections because we did not expect to garner seats,” he said. “The participation of the KWP was to show to the public that we are here and to experience the sub-national elections.”

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