Do policies or personalities win elections?
Responding to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s boasts of bringing peace and stability to Cambodia, opposition CNRP leader Kem Sokha told supporters on Monday that the peace was a facade and poked fun at premier’s dancing.
Transparency International has pledged a rapid assessment of potential irregularities in Sunday’s commune elections by sending 1,100 observers across Cambodia—including, if needed, by boat and helicopter.
What do you think will be the key issue for voters in these commune elections?
Thousands of opposition supporters jammed the streets of Phnom Penh on Sunday to march in the CNRP’s second parade of the campaign period, taking advantage of a quirk in the election law to squeeze in an unexpected procession.
The government has issued a temporary nationwide ban on selling and consuming alcohol over the weekend to avoid “disorder” during Sunday’s commune elections, continuing a regular election policy in Cambodia.
The National Election Committee reiterated on Friday that it would not investigate Prime Minister Hun Sen’s election campaign speeches about waging war to maintain power because the election body had not received a complaint, saying it was taking a similar stance regarding opposition advertisements featuring former CNRP President Sam Rainsy.
Four activist monks were arrested after attending an opposition rally in Oddar Meanchey province on Friday, with police confiscating their mobile phones and deleting videos and photographs taken during the event, one monk said, though the account was disputed by authorities.
CNRP leader Kem Sokha assured supporters on Friday that his party would follow through with its pledge to provide $500,000 to every commune if it wins next year’s national election in a move he hoped would prevent mass migration from rural areas.
Prime Minister Hun Sen warned yesterday that the ruling CPP must win the upcoming commune and national elections to avoid the country being plunged into civil war, and said he was willing to “eliminate 100 or 200 people” to prevent his overthrow.
Police officers, military police and Royal Cambodian Armed Forces soldiers should not incite, intimidate or threaten voters in the run-up to the June 4 commune elections or on Election Day, the Interior Ministry and National Election Committee (NEC) said in a statement this week.
The head of an independent election monitoring group on Thursday criticized the violent rhetoric of Prime Minister Hun Sen and other top government officials in the lead-up to the commune elections, saying it could affect whether voters see the process as free and fair.
Election observers working for NGOs are treading more carefully in their monitoring activities because of a controversial law on NGOs passed nearly two years ago, said Sam Kuntheamy, executive director of the Neutral and Impartial Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (Nicfec), during an interview with The Cambodia Daily on Thursday.
Two of the country’s biggest garment workers’ unions have asked the government to make factories give their workers three days of paid leave and provide loans for travel expenses to allow them to return to their hometowns to vote in the upcoming local elections.
Critics who say the CNRP’s commune election platform is unrealistic should look to the ruling party’s implementation of lowered electricity costs, and salary hikes for civil servants and soldiers, issues the opposition championed during the 2013 national election, CNRP President Kem Sokha said on Wednesday.
Making the wrong choice in the upcoming commune election will invite poverty, suffering and fear, CNRP President Kem Sokha warned yesterday, as ruling party officials continued to describe a vote for the opposition as a vote for war and social unrest.
Private television stations are failing to follow National Election Committee (NEC) advertising guidelines, making it difficult for the opposition to buy airtime for its campaign ads, CNRP spokesman Yim Sovann said yesterday.
A CNRP television spot featuring former party president Sam Rainsy may have been rejected on Monday, but the country’s main opposition has found other ways to promote the exiled leader in its campaigning ahead of the June 4 commune elections.
The CNRP will cut all ministry budgets by 20 percent if it wins next year’s national election to free up funds to provide $500,000 annually to each commune, the party’s spokesman said on Monday, a proposal dismissed by the ruling party as empty election season chatter.
Ink that will be used to mark voters’ fingers during the June 4 commune election is trustworthy, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Monday, two weeks after the country’s top election committee found that a sample batch of the stainer could be rubbed out with hair-straightening products.