Cambodian regime’s sole credible challenger yet to receive ballot approval

Cambodia's liberal Candlelight Party has no ballot access as July election looms.

Cambodia’s National Election Committee announced Monday that 20 political parties have registered for July’s general election but nine of them still have not been approved, including the Candlelight Party, the sole credible challenger to the governing Cambodian People’s Party.

About 9.7 million Cambodians are registered to vote in the July 23 election to select the 123 members of the National Assembly.

Prime Minister Hun Sen and his entrenched Cambodian People’s Party are certain to easily top the polls, holding all the advantages of incumbency. They dominate the field in terms of nationwide organizing, personnel, finances and influence with the mass media.

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