Dozens of Phnom Penh councillors took their positions today at City Hall in a ceremony presided over by Interior Minister Sar Kheng.
Mr Kheng said a total of 27 councillors are expected to begin working tomorrow after the National Election Committee published the official results of the recent council elections.
He added that aside from the municipal councillors, other councillors from the provinces of Tboung Khmum and Banteay Meanchey were also announced.
Mr Kheng said they must serve everyone irrespective of political affiliations
“All councillors must work hard to serve the people with equality and without discriminating on their political preferences,” Mr Kheng said.
According to Mr Kheng, Cambodia has held 15 elections since 1993. He said that the Kingdom’s democratic processes are gradually improving. He also said that elections adhered to the constitution and elections laws, and that they were free and fair.
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.
On Saturday, 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.
Full story in Thursday’s paper