NEC Releases New Turnout Rate for Sunday Commune/Sangkat Council Election

The new voter turnout rate for yesterday's Commune/Sangkat Council Election is 89.52 percent or 7,040,594 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 across 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