Senate election date changed

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The government has decided to change the date of the Senate election to February 2018 while the CNRP is waiting for a verdict from the Supreme Court to see if the party is dissolved.

According to a directive from the government signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday, the election for the Senate will change to February 25, 2018, a Sunday.

Last July, the government set January 14 as the date for the next Senate election, which commune councilors vote on.

At present there are a total of 61 senators, 46 from the ruling CPP and 11 from the Candlelight Party, while the National Assembly and Royal Palace appoint two members each.

National Election Committee spokesman Hang Puthea said the changed date still gave the NEC enough time to work on the Senate election.

“It is good enough for working on the election,” he said.

King Norodom Sihamoni this week signed off on amendments to four election laws to determine how the CNRP’s seats in parliament and local authorities would be redistributed if the party is dissolved.

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