National and International Observers Congratulate the 2017 Commune/Sangkat Council Election

Both national and international observers have spoken highly of the fourth-mandate Commune/Sangkat Council Election held yesterday across Cambodia.

They all shared the same idea that the Sunday local election was conducted in a smooth, free, fair and non-violent manner.

Mr. Agung Laksono, Vice President of the Centrist Asia Pacific Democrats International (CAPDI) who led nine observers from Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines and Turkey, highly valued the process of the Commune/Sangkat Council Election as well as the high voter turnout rate.

Mr. Vijay Jolly, a Member of the Standing Committee of International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) who led a delegation of 14 observers from India, the Philippines, Pakistan, China, Nepal, Thailand, Russia and Mongolia, said people voted in a free and fair atmosphere.

There was no sign of intimidation and pressure, therefore this was an acceptable election, he stressed. Cambodia is on the right track toward strong and true democracy wished by millions of people, especially the youths who account for 70 percent of the total population.

Mr. Andres Pastrana Arango, Head of a 17-member delegation from the Centrist Democrat International (CDI) also lauded the Sunday election and the royal government's efforts in ensuring safety and security of the voters, members of political parties, national and international observers and reporters, and representatives of civil society organisations.

Mr. Preap Kol, Executive Director of Transparency International (TI) Cambodia said that the election was held smoothly without violence and intimidation, while a representative of the Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (Comfrel) appreciated the regularity and security during the election.

Mr. Nou Sokty, a voter in Phnom Penh, shared his positive views on the order at polling stations during yesterday's election. Good order at polling stations allowed people to vote rapidly without waiting, he said.

The Commune/Sangkat Council Election of fourth mandate attracted 7,040,594 or 89.52 percent of the total 7,865,033 eligible voters, according to the temporary figures released today by the National Election Committee (NEC).

Kandal is the province with the highest turnout rate of 94.20 percent, followed by Phnom Penh capital and Kep province with 92.79 and 92.52 percent, respectively, NEC pointed out, adding that Banteay Meanchey province has the lowest rate of 83.76 percent.

The fourth-mandate Commune/Sangkat Council Election took place on June 4, from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm in 22,148 polling stations throughout the country under the observation of 74,670 local observers and 425 international observers.

Besides, there are 628 local journalists and 160 foreign journalists registered to cover this local election.

Twelve political parties � Cambodian People's Party (CPP), Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), FUNCINPEC Party, League for Democracy Party (LDP), Beehive Democratic Society Party (BDSP), Grassroots Democracy Party (GDP), Khmer National United Party (KNUP), Cambodian Nationality Party (CNP), Republican Democracy Party (RDP), Cambodian Youth Party (CYP), Khmer Power Party (KPP), and Cambodian Indigenous Democracy Party (CIDP) � compete for the 11,572 seats in 1,646 commune/Sangkat throughout the country.

A total of 37,530 security forces have been deployed to ensure the security and smooth process of the election.

According to the preliminary figures, CPP won most of the commune/Sangkat council seats, followed by the main opposition (CNRP).

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press