As Expected, Cambodia’s Ruling Party Claims ‘Sweeping’ Victory

But what are the actual numbers?

The long ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) claimed “a sweeping victory” in Sunday’s commune elections after the National Election Committee (NEC) said the party of Prime Minister Hun Sen was ahead in vote counting from polling stations across the country.

It was a widely expected claim on election night given the CPP’s extensive reach across the country and that it already controlled most of the 11,600-odd council seats in the 1,662 communes, clusters of three to 30 villages, that were contested.

But the NEC, which has yet to release its preliminary vote, did not release details about the actual numbers, and importantly the popular vote, in a ballot that was criticized by observers.

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