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CNRP commune seats doled out

May Titthara / Khmer Times Share:
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Voters wait to cast their ballot in the June commune elections. KT/Mai Vireak

The National Election Committee has reallocated more than 5,000 of the CNRP’s old commune seats to six political parties, with the majority going to the ruling CPP.

A statement released by the NEC on Friday said the League for Democracy party, the Anti-Poverty party and the Grassroots Democracy party had declined seats.

The CPP took a total of 4,548 seats, Funcinpec was given 239, the Khmer National United Party 201 seats, the Cambodian Nationality Party ten seats, the Cambodia Youth Party three seats, and the Cambodia Indigenous People Democracy Party took three seats.
“The distribution of seats was made in accordance with the Law on the Amendment on Commune / Sangkat Council Elections in Article 20 and Article 21,” the statement read.

Nhep Bunchin, spokesman for the royalist Funcipec Party, said he was unsure of the method used to divide seats, but pledged his party would provide better services to the public in line with its policies.

“Once our officials get to work we will provide better services to help villagers in communes. We will not allow our officials to take money from the people, and when people need documents from us, we will try to deliver the finished ones to them at their home,” he said.

The CPP won 1,156 communes and the CNRP took 489 at the polls in June, while the Khmer National United Party won one commune.
The Supreme Court dissolved the opposition CNRP on November 16, following complaints filed by Funcinpec and the Cambodian Youth Party in the wake of CNRP leader Kem Sokha’s arrest on treason charges.

Sam Kuntheamy, executive director of election watchdog NICFEC, said replacement commune chiefs will have to work according their party policy. “The Prime Minister recently appealed to all his officials to work hard to improve public services ahead of the national election in 2018,” he said. “So I hope the new commune chiefs will work efficiently to help people.”

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