Preliminary Results: CPP Wins Landslide Victory

The ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) won a landslide victory in today's Senate Election, according to the preliminary results released this evening by the National Election Committee (NEC).

CPP got 11.202 votes while the royalist FUNCINPEC Party received 276, the Cambodian Youth Party (CYP) 3, and the Khmer National Unity Party 182, show the results.

The four parties competed for the 58 seats in this forth-term Senate Election. Two of the four remaining seats are nominated by His Majesty the King, and another two by the National Assembly.

About 99.79 percent or 11,670 of 11,695 eligible voters cast their respective votes at the 33 polling stations across the Kingdom. In another press release, NEC stressed that this 4th legislature Senate Election was held in a smooth, orderly and non-violent manner under the observation of 75 political parties' agents, some 300 local and international observers as well as more than 300 local and foreign journalists.

The first legislature of the Senate was established in March 1999 and the 61 senators were not elected, but nominated by the King (2 senators) and political parties (CPP: 31, FUNCINPEC: 21, Sam Rainsy Party (SRP): 7).

In the second and third legislatures of the Senate, 57 out of 61 members were elected in an indirect election for a six-year mandate. The remaining seats were nominated by the King and the National Assembly. CPP won 45 seats, FUNCINPEC 10, and SRP 2 in the second, while in the third term, CPP obtained 46 seats and SRP got the remaining 11 seats.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press