MFA-IC Welcomes Announcement of June 4 Commune/Sangkat Council Election

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFA-IC) expressed its welcome to the announcement on June 25, 2017 by the National Election Committee (NEC) of the official results of the Commune/Sangkat Council Election that was held on June 4, 2017.

In the press release issued yesterday, the MFA-IC said it has noted with satisfaction the congratulations, commendation and high appreciation extended by the national/international observers as well as by the Diplomatic Missions to the whole process of the election, especially the assessment made by the three main international organisations: the Centrist Democrat International (CDI), the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) and the Centrist Asia Pacific Democrats International (CAPDI), that the election was conducted in a free, fair and secret manner with no sign of intimidation, coercion, and violence, as well as the Embassy of the United States of America's consideration of the election an important milestone in Cambodia's continued democratic development.

Unless all these assessments are not taken into consideration as did the Human Rights Watch in its systematic smear campaign against the Royal Government of Cambodia, it has grounds for underlining that the fundamental rules of democracy and transparency have been widely respected at every stage of this long process: the voter registration, the voting, the vote counting and the complaints resolution, and that a few minor problems that have been addressed and corrected cannot be regarded as major obstacles to congratulate Cambodia for the successful organisation of this free and fair election, it added.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation hopes that the international community would allow all these appreciation and commendation to get in the way of making their assessments on Cambodia commune election, it underlined.

According to the official results, the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) won more than 3.5 million votes of the total 7.04 million people who went to the polls, while the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) received about 3.05 million votes; the FUNCINPEC Party, some 132,319 votes; the League for Democracy Party (LDP), 122,882 votes; the Khmer National United Party (KNUP), 78,724 votes.

CPP therefore takes control of 1,156 communes/Sangkat; CNRP, 489 communes/Sangkat; and KNUP, a commune.

Twelve political parties � CPP, CNRP, FUNCINPEC Party, LDP, Beehive Democratic Society Party (BDSP), Grassroots Democracy Party (GDP), KNUP, Cambodian Nationality Party (CNP), Republican Democracy Party (RDP), Cambodian Youth Party (CYP), Khmer Power Party (KPP), and Cambodian Indigenous Democracy Party (CIDP) � competed for the 11,572 seats in the 1,646 communes/Sangkat throughout the country.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press