The Senate has approved four amendments to the election laws related to the redistribution of the seats of the CNRP and local councilors if the main opposition party is dissolved.
The amendments mean the seats of any party dissolved by the court will be divided between other parties, as set out in the legislation.
The changes, requested by the ruling CPP, relate to the distribution of party seats in the National Assembly and Senate, as well as provincial, municipal, district and commune councils.
Forty senators voted to support the amendments, while the Candlelight Party’s members boycotted the session.
Last Monday, a total of 67 lawmakers from the ruling CPP passed proposals to amend legislation on elections for the National Assembly and Senate as well as provincial, municipal, district and commune councils. Members of the opposition CNRP boycotted the meeting.
According to procedure, these amended laws will now be sent to the Constitutional Council for checking and if passed will be sent to the King for adoption.
Candlelight Party president and Senator Teav Vannol, formerly of the Sam Rainsy Party, could not be reached for comment. However, he told Khmer Times recently that he did not support the laws.