The voter turnout at Cambodia’s sixth national election was 82.17% percent of the total of 8,380,217, registered voters or 6,885,729 according to figures announced by the National Election Committee when polls nationwide closed at 3pm.
According to election observers there have been no reports of voter intimidation or violence.
“It has been a peaceful environment and people have expressed their will freely. No violence has been reported,” said a local observer, who did not want to be named.
“It shows the Cambodian people have chosen continuity and certainty,” he added.
Another observer from Turkey, who asked not to be identified said that he was pleasantly surprised by the high level of competence shown by the NEC officials and the relaxed mood of the voters.
Yet another from Indonesia echoed his Turkish counterpart’s comments and added that the observers had issued an official statement which very much declared what they saw.
“We did not see any need to deviate from the facts as we saw them as even random non organized checks showed the same orderly fashion. Only setback was the lack of observers from some smaller parties in some stations.”