Newly-elected council members from three political parties will have to undergo additional courses on how to coordinate their efforts to serve the public.
Speaking at an event at Battambang province, Interior Minister Sar Kheng said the ministry is preparing additional classes for elected council members on good governance, and democratic decentralization in order to promote better public services at local levels.
“I appreciate the hard work of the National Election Committee in holding the sub-national council election with fruitful result,” he said. “At the same time, it is compulsory for the elected members to go through courses that would help to strengthen their work and cooperation.”
Mr Kheng noted that elected council members in the capital, provinces, municipalities, districts, and communes will also hold regular meetings to prepare sub-national policies.
Three out of seven parties that contested the polls on May 26 won seats. 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.
NEC chairman Sik Bunhok said recently that the sub-national election went on smoothly, although his officials encountered challenges in preparing, hosting, and wrapping up the voting.
“Overall, the sub-national elections took place in a peaceful, quiet, non-violent, and intolerable environment without intimidation,” he said. “We faced problems along the way, but those were lessons learnt.”