CPP wins 58% votes in 4th general election of Cambodia

August 10, 2008 at 7:26 am Leave a comment

PHNOM PENH, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) — The major ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) won around 58.11 percent of the votes in the fourth general election on July 27, according to the preliminary official balloting results declared by the National Election Committee (NEC) here Saturday.

Altogether 3,492,374 out of the 6,010,277 actual voters cast their ballots for CPP, who had already translated the victory into 90 out of the 123 seats at the National Assembly (NA) and claimed to be the landslide winner of the nationwide political showdown.

CPP’s winning rate during the past three general elections respectively stood at 39.63 percent in 1993, 41.67 percent in 1998 and 47.30 percent in 2003, said NEC.

Trailing CPP in this year’s election was the major opposition Sam Rainsy Party (SRP) with 1,316,714 votes, or 21.90 percent of all.

Minor opposition Human Rights Party (HRP) and Norodom Ranariddh Party (NRP) respectively won 397,816 and 337,943 votes, or 6.61 percent and 5.62 percent of all.

The co-ruling Funcinpec Party scored 303,764 votes, or 5.05 percent of all.

Altogether 11 political parties had run for the election this year. A total of 8,125,529 voters were registered to vote at 15,255 polling stations nationwide and 17, 000 local and international observers watched the polling process, according to NEC figures.

The voter turnout rate this year was only 75 percent, lower than 83 percent in 2003, 94 percent in 1998 and 90 percent in 1993, said NEC.

Final official results and allocation of the NA seats can be known at the end of this month and the new government will be established in September.

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