11 July 2024

The Cambodia’s National Election Commission on Wednesday announced the official results of the July 29 general elections that shows the ruling Cambodian People’s Party of Prime Minister Hun Sen sweeping all the 125 seats in the National Assembly, The Phnom Penh Post Online reported.

The CPP won a total of 4,889,113 votes or 76 percent of the total votes followed by the Funcinpec which came second with 374,510 votes.  Khem Veasna’s League for Democracy Party came third with 309,364 votes.

The Khmer Will Party led by Kong Monika and largely made up of the court-dissolved former Cambodia National Rescue Party got 212,869 votes.

Voter turnout  was reported at 83.02 percent.

After the announcement of the official results Wednesday night, Prime Minister Hun Sen took to Facebook, saying:  “(The results) reflect that people believe in the leadership of the CPP”.

He expressed his thanks to the 19 other parties that took part in the elections while calling the elections free, fair and transparent.

Former CNRP leader exiled Sam Rainsy slammed the poll results on his Facebook page Wednesday, saying: “The CPP effectively won all 125 parliamentary seats, a 100 percent victory typical of communist or authoritarian countries.”

“But if we exclude the two million fake ballots, support for the CPP only represents 29 percent of the citizens with legal voting rights.”

Rainsy said that the National Election Commission was able to play all sorts of tricks because it was under the absolute control of the CPP.

Political analyst Lao Mong Hay also expressed skepticism over the election results, citing the dissolution of the CNRP as a major factor in the overwhelming nature of the CPP victory.

Kong Monika, the president of KWP and son of a former senior advisor to  the CNRP, said his party would not file any complaints regarding the poll results.

“The election result was not completely believable.  However, the KWP has no intention to file a complaint regarding the election results even though our party did not send agents to the polling stations,” he said.