Dozens of Phnom Penh councillors took their positions yesterday 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 today 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 despite the fact that they were elected by commune councillors.
“All councillors must work hard to serve the people with equality and without discriminating 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.
“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.
All 27 seats in Phnom Penh were won by the CPP.
According to the NEC, the CPP garnered 550 seats in Phnom Penh and the 24 provinces, while it garnered 3,484 seats in cities and districts. KNUP won six provincial council seats, and 38 cities and district seats. Funcinpec won three provincial seats, and 33 seats in cities and districts.
Mr Kheng said the chief of councillors in Phnom Penh will need to hold a discussion with municipal council members, the governor and deputy governors to announce who will take district council seats.
Traditionally, municipal and provincial councillors are announced first, while the announcement of district councillors will follow.
Additionally, Mr Kheng said Phnom Penh needs to organise public forums in communes and villages. He said that public forums serve as a platform for the public to express their opinions and have their problems addressed.
“We should be listening to people’s negative opinions,” he said. “It is better than only listening to positive opinions because we could think on it and review problems.”
Pa Socheatevong, new chief of municipal councillors, yesterday vowed to work hard and respond to the needs of the Kingdom.
“We will work hard to do the job by responding and paying attention,” Mr Socheatevong said. “We vowed to implement all of the government’s policies. We will boost public service.”