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Wednesday, 25.4.2007: Sam Rainsy Party Does Not Completely Support Official Results of the Elections

Posted on 26 April 2007. Filed under: Week 505 |

Apologies again for the delays – the office work suffers a lot from electricity cuts.

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 505

Final Results: Cambodian People’s Party Gets 1,591 Commune Chiefs, Sam Rainsy Party 28, and Funcinpec 2

“Phnom Penh: The National Election Committee [NEC] announced on 24 April the official results of the second term commune and subdistrict council elections countrywide, which show that the Cambodian People’s Party [CPP] gets 1,591 commune and subdistrict chiefs out of 1,621 commune and subdistrict chiefs countrywide. The CPP and Funcinpec congratulate and welcome the announcement of the official results, but the Sam Rainsy Party does not completely agree with the results. It complains that the NEC did not check and solve properly its complaints in a number of communes and subdistricts.

“In the announcement of the official results, Mr. Tep Nitha, the Secretary-General of the NEC, said that five political parties get seats in the second term commune and subdistrict council elections 2007. The parties are:

  • the CPP gets 1,591 commune and subdistrict chiefs, 1,125 first deputy chiefs, 185 second deputy chiefs, and 5,092 commune and subdistrict council members; totally 7,993 seats
  • the Sam Rainsy Party gets 28 commune and subdistrict chiefs, 403 first deputy chiefs, 963 second deputy chiefs, and 1,267; totally 2,660 persons
  • Funcinpec gets 2 commune and subdistrict chiefs, 47 first deputy chiefs, 155 second deputy chiefs, and 70 commune and subdistrict chiefs; totally 274 persons
  • the Norodom Ranariddh Party gets 46 first deputy chiefs, 317 second deputy chiefs, and 61 commune and subdistrict council members; totally 425 persons
  • the Hang Dara Democratic Movement Party gets 1 second deputy commune chief.
  • “Mr. Nitha stated that the official results are publicly announced at 24 town and provincial election committees and at 1,621 communes and subdistricts.

    “Mr. Khan Keomono, the Vice President of the Department of Training and Public Information [of the NEC], said that according to the calendar of the second term commune and subdistrict council elections in 2007, the deadline for the announcement of the official results was 24 April 2004. In fact, the NEC released official results since 10 April 2007. He added that the NEC broadcast the results through radio stations, the National Television of Cambodia [TVK], the Internet website of the NEC, and it produces CDs for relevant circles.

    “It should be noticed also that the total number of second term commune and subdistrict council members elected in 2007 countrywide is 11,353.

    “While the NEC announced the official results, Samdech Chea Sim, the President of the CPP, released a statement on 24 April, ‘The second term commune and subdistrict council elections held on 1 April were successful, free and fair. Many Cambodian people whose names were on the voters’ lists voted at voting stations in each commune and subdistrict countrywide with common sense. Each voter expressed their will freely, equally, directly, and secretly, to select the representatives they like to continue to lead and develop the communes and subdistricts in the political atmosphere of neutrality, democracy, and safety. This is a great historical event for Cambodia in 2007, which reflects clearly the great national conscience of our people, and a strong step to strengthen the foundation of democracy at every locality.’

    “Samdech Chea Sim said, ‘For the CPP, I would like to announce clearly that we support the results of the second commune and subdistrict council elections countrywide that the NEC has officially announced. The results of the elections completely reflect the goodwill and the goals of the Cambodian people in all communes and subdistricts in the consistent improvement of development of communes and subdistricts, the strengthening of local administration, and the promotion of living standards. We all must respect and protect the results of the elections, and continue our full efforts to achieve the implementation of the goals of the people.

    “‘The CPP would like to appreciate the work of the NEC, of provincial and town election committees, and of the commune and subdistrict election committees which arranged the elections smoothly at the scheduled time by adhering complete to independent, neutral, and transparent positions based on a strict implementation of laws, regulations, and election procedures. We also would like to appreciate the Royal Government, local authorities, and officials of all levels, who used all their ability to support the elections, so that the elections were held well and with security and safety before the elections, during the elections, and after the elections.’

    “The president of the CPP also used the opportunity to appeal to all compatriots countrywide who voted for any party, to continue the solidarity under the Constitution and under the shade of the King, in order to join with each other, to achieve new successes in implementing the policy of the Royal Government as well as the development plans of every commune and subdistrict. He also appealed to all second term commune and subdistrict council members who will take up positions, to take all their spirit to cooperate with each other, to serve the people honestly and responsibly, based on a strict implementation of the laws on commune and subdistrict administration management.

    “Mr. Tep Nunry, the Deputy Secretary-General of Funcinpec, told Rasmei Kampuchea by phone on the evening of 24 April, ‘I welcome and support the results of the second commune and subdistrict elections which were announced by the NEC today.’

    “He added, ‘I have no comments, but I have been concerned that the general procedures of the NEC in arranging the elections were difficult and complicated.’

    However, Ms. Mu Sochua, the Secretary-General of the Sam Rainsy Party, told Rasmei Kampuchea by phone on the evening of 24 April, ‘The Sam Rainsy Party opposes the irregularities which effect the results of the elections, for example: in Poipet only 30% of the people voted, it opposes the NEC’s bias, the presence of village and commune chiefs at the polling stations during the election day, the threats, the vote buying before the election day, and the irregularities in issuing Form 1018 [for voters who had problems with their voting documents].’

    “She said, ‘The Sam Rainsy Party finds that the results released by the NEC today cannot be acceptable, especially for the communes and subdistricts where the Sam Rainsy Party filed complaints, but the NEC did not check and solve the complaints properly, and rejected them under the pretext of not having sufficient evidence.’” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4267, 25.4.2007

    Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
    Wednesday, 25 April 2007

    Deum Ampil, Vol.2, #16, 25.4-1.5.2007

    • Prime Minister Warns Against Worry about Income from Natural Gas

    Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1322, 25.4.2007

    • Prime Minister Explains to Parliamentarian [Son Chhay, Sam Rainsy Party from Phnom Penh] about Land Disputes and Measures to Prevent Them
    • Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association [ADHOC] Pushes Authorities to Investigate Shooting Death of Fisherpeople in Pursat [while supposedly suppressing illegal fishing]
    • Poland Asks Cambodia to Support It to Host International Trade Fair [in 2012]
    • Strom Destroys 34 Houses and a Number of Properties in Chrey Commune, Thma Koul [Battambang]

    Khmer Mekong, Vol. 5, #262, 24-25.4.2007

    • [Khmer Kampuchea Krom] Association Asks Samdech Heng Samrin to Raise Issue of Khmer Kampuchea Krom Monks with the President of the Vietnamese National Assembly

    Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6022, 25.4.2007

    • Web Sites of Two Districts [Battambang and Siem Reap – “one-window administration”] and Khmer Embassy in Germany Launched [addresses not given]

    Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3141, 25.4.2007

    • When Mr. Sam Rainsy Wants Village Chief Elections to Be Conducted by Villagers, This Makes Hun Sen Fear Secession
    • [Foreign] Experts Call for Khmer Government to Be Cautious about Gas and Oil Benefits
    • Cambodia Plans to Adopt Standardization Law but Still Leaves Anti-Corruption Law Unsolved Which Is Important
    • Yuon [Vietnamese] Embassy Strongly Reacted When It Knew that Vietnamese People Were Killed by Khmer [fisheries] Officials [in Pursat]

    Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4267, 25.4.2007

    • Sam Rainsy Party Does Not Completely Support Official Election Results
    • [Chey Yano] Publisher of Sochivathor Sued [by a businessman] on Accusation of Publishing False Information
    • Bird Flu in Kompong Cham: H5N1 Found in Two Birds
    • Collection of Road Taxes for 2007 Will Start on 2 May
    • Former Russian President [Boris] Yeltsin Dies [from stroke, at 76]

    Reach Seima, Vol.2, #181, 25.4.2007

    • Low Level Officials Ask Government to Arrange Payment of Their Salaries through Banks [then their small salaries cannot be taken by corrupt officials]

    Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3019, 25.4.2007

    • Success of Ruling Party [in commune elections] Is Opportunity for Vann Sophanna [chief of administration of forestry officials north of the Tonle Sap Lake] to Continue to Create Desertification in Siem Reap and Kompong Thom [through forest crimes]

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