Cambodia’s Main Opposition Party Barred From July Election

The National Election Committee has refused to accept the Candlelight Party’s election registration, opening the way to another clean sweep by PM Hun Sen’s CPP.

Cambodia’s National Election Committee (NEC) has rejected the application of the country’s main opposition party to take part in this year’s national election, all but ensuring another clean sweep for Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling party.

In a statement yesterday, the NEC that it would not register the Candlelight Party (CLP) for the July 23 election, for failing to attach a notarized copy of the party’s registration document with its application.

As a result, the July election looms as a repeat of the last election in 2018, when Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) won all 125 seats in the National Assembly. This followed the court-ordered dissolution in late 2017 of the popular Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), which came close to toppling the CPP during a euphoric election campaign in 2013.

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