The Cambodian People’s Party Was More Victorious Beyond Expectations in the Sub-National Level Council Elections – Tuesday, 19.5.2009

Posted on 20 May 2009. Filed under: Week 613 |

The Mirror, Vol. 13, No. 613

“Phnom Penh: Early results of the district/province/city council elections of 17 May 2009 show that the Cambodian People’s Party received results beyond their expectations.

“The National Election Committee – NEC – announced that the atmosphere of the elections was smooth, and nothing disturbed or affected the district/province/city council elections. There are a small number of complaints from political parties which are being dealt with by the NEC according to the procedures.

“The secretary-general of the NEC, Mr. Tep Nitha, said during a press conference in the evening of 17 May 2009 that many polling stations countrywide closed at 9:30 a.m. and only few poling stations were open until 3:00 p.m. which includes a polling station in Daun Penh district in Phnom Penh, because a councilor from the Cambodian People’s Party walked back and forth in front of the station and at 3:00 p.m. the committee decided to close that station in order to sum up the results.

“According to the NEC, in the evening of 17 May 2009 there were 13 complaints, and on 18 May 2009 the NEC announced that there were 8 other complaints which mostly relate to buying of votes – these cases are being dealt with by the NEC.

“The president of the NEC, Mr. Im Suosdey, announced on 18 May 2009 that the NEC will try to finish dealing with all complaints before the deadline, and the official results will be announced by the NEC on 29 May 2009 at the latest. But if complaints will have been solved earlier, the NEC will announce the results ahead of the deadline.

“Based on early results from the province/city council elections announced by the NEC, the Cambodian People’s Party received 8,545 votes – 75.57%, the Sam Rainsy Party received 2,317 votes – 20.49%, Funcinpec received 236 votes – 2.9%, and the Norodom Ranariddh Party received 209 votes – 1.85%.

“As for the district council election results, the Cambodian People’s Party received 8,470 votes – 74.73%, the Sam Rainsy Party 2,332 votes – 20.58%, Funcinpec 268 votes – 2.36%, and the Norodom Ranariddh Party 264 votes – 2.33%.

“The results show that the number of votes, that the Cambodian People’s Party got from the district/province/city council elections, is higher than the number of commune councilors of the Cambodian People’s Party all over the country. That means councilors from other parties voted for the Cambodian People’s Party, assuming the defeat of their own parties.

“According to some sources of information, in Phnom Penh alone, not less than 30 councilors from the Sam Rainsy Party voted for the Cambodian People’s Party. This made the Cambodian People’s Party gain more results than expected.” Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.8, #1947, 19.5.2009

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #188, 19.5.2009

  • US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues [Mr. Clint Williamson] Will Arrive in Cambodia Today [to see the process to seek justice for Khmer citizens for the massacre during the Khmer Rouge Regime]
  • The Khmer Rouge Tribunal Appoints a New Spokesperson [Mr. Dim Sovannarom] to Replace Mr. Reach Sambath [and the chairperson of the Public Affairs Office, Ms. Helen Jarvis, is re-assigned as the chairperson of the Victims Office]
  • A/H1N1 Is Spreading in Japan

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.8, #1947, 19.5.2009

  • The Cambodian People’s Party Was More Victorious Beyond Expectations in the Sub-National Level Council Elections
  • All Property of Pol Pot [the former top Khmer Rouge leader] Will Be Auctioned with a target sum of US$1 Million
  • Vimple.com Company [the leading telecom company of Russia] Lunches Operations in Cambodia
  • The Top Leader of the Tamil Tiger Rebels Is Killed by Sri Lankan Soldiers

Koh Santepheap, Vol.42, #6653, 19.5.2009

  • The Cruel Killing on the Family Members of Mr. Tep Darong Is Suspected to Have Been Be Planned

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.16, #3761, 19.5.2009

  • The Sam Rainsy Party Receives 513 District/Province/City Council Seats
  • Civil Society and Legal People Are Waiting to See the Decision of the Bar Association of Cambodia on Ms. Mu Sochua’s Defense Lawyer’s Fate [whether he will be suspended or dismissed from his career as lawyer]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.17, #4897, 19.5.2009

  • The Government Checks Its Report on Human Rights Again before It Is Sent to the United Nations
  • The First-Day Checking the Speed of Vehicles [after having received speed checking devices] Is Very Surprising: 20% of all Cars Drive Faster than Allowed [Phnom Penh]

Sereypheap Thmey, Vol.16, #1720, 19.5.2009

  • Lawyer and Representatives of the Boeng Kak Lake Residents Lodge Complaint, aiming to Dissolve the Contracts of the Shukaku Company

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Apologies for a serious mistake in the Tuesday, 19 May 2009, translated article:

In the third paragraph it should say that “a councilor from the Sam Rainsy Party [[not from the Cambodian People’s Party]] walked back and forth in front of the station and at 3:00 p.m. the committee decided to close that station in order to sum up for the results.”

Norbert Klein


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