Cambodian PM's party sweeps all seats in Senate election: official results

Saturday, 2018-03-03 18:14:18
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Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen puts his ballot into a ballot box during the Senate election in Kandal province, Cambodia on Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo: Xinhua)
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The ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) of Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen won all the Senate seats at stake in an election on February 25, according to official results released by the National Election Committee (NEC) on March 3.

The results showed that the CPP received 11,202 (or 96 percent) of the total 11,670 votes, sweeping all 58 elected Senate seats.

Four political parties - the CPP, the Funcinpec Party of Prince Norodom Ranariddh, the Cambodian Youth Party, and the Khmer National United Party - took part in the election.

The Senate election, held every six years, is a non-general election because ordinary citizens do not take part in the electoral process.

According to the NEC, 11,670, or 99.7 percent, of the 11,695 eligible voters (123 members of parliament and 11,572 commune councilors) voted in the election.

Founded in 1999, the Senate, or the upper house of parliament, has 62 seats, but the vote was held for 58 seats only, as two senators had been appointed by King Norodom Sihamoni and two others will be appointed by the National Assembly, or the lower house.