A day after preliminary results of a Senate election showed the ruling Cambodian’s People Party (CPP) winning a solid victory, a senior party official said Monday that better results are expected in upcoming commune council elections. Cheam Yeap, a member of the Standing Committee of the National Assembly and CPP spokesman, said the Senate election was an evaluation for commune council elections in June and that the commune elections would be an evaluation for parliamentary elections in 2013. “We gained support from other political parties including opposition parties. We expect that the CPP will get better results in the commune council elections,” he said.
According to National Election Commission, the ruling CPP won about 78 per cent of the vote in the Senate election with the opposition Sam Rainsy Party (SRP) getting about 22 per cent.
The CPP is expected to win 46 of the 57 seats up for grabs with the SRP getting 11. SRP said the party is the most challenging force against CPP. “The party has again confirmed its place as the second-largest in Cambodia, and the only political force capable of mounting a long-term challenge to the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), in power since 1979,” said the SRP statement.
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