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Party stands alone in eight Phnom Penh communes
PHNOM PENH – The Cambodian People's Party (CPP) will automatically win control of at least 24 communes, taking a total of 158 seats, as it is the only party contesting these communes in Sunday’s election.
The National Election Committee named these communes as: Sangkat Boeung Kok (7 seats) and Sangkat Kampong Cham (7 seats) in Kampong Cham province; Sangkat Monorom (5 seats) in Mondulkiri province: Morokot commune (7 seats), Choam Ksan district, Preah Vihear province; Kandeang commune (5 seats), Reang Til (5 seats), Kandeang district, Krapei Pi commune (5 seats), Veal Veng district, Pursat province; Thmor Daun Pov commune (5 seats), Thmar Bang district, Koh Kong; province; Sangkat Koy Trabek (5 seats), Svay Rieng city.
Seven communes in Ratanakkiri province are included: Talao (5 seats), Andong Meas district, Long Khong commune (5 seats), Bor Keo district, Samaki commune (5 seats), Laak (5 seats), O'Chum district, Ta Veng Krom commune (5 seats) Ta Veng district, Koh Pong commune (5 seats), Kok Lak (5 seats), Vern Sai district.
In Phnom Penh, the CPP stands alone in eight communes: Sangkat Boeung Trabek (7 seats), Khan Chamkar Morn, Sangkat Or Russey I (9 seats), Or Russey II (9 seats), Monorom (9 seats), Mittapheap (9 seats), Khan 7 Makara, Depot Market 1 (9 seats), Doeum Kor Market (11 seats), Khan Toul Kork and Sangkat Toul Svay Prey I (9 seats), Boeung Keng Kang.
Of the 17 parties contesting the elections, the CPP was the only one standing in 1,652 communes across the country, while the Candlelight Party is standing in 1,623 communes.
Funcinpec has 680 candidates in the communes, followed by the Khmer National United Party (596), the Cambodia National Love Party (315), Cambodia Nationality's Party (245) and the Cambodian Youth Party (114).
The other 10 parties have candidates in fewer than 100 communes, including the Cambodia Reform Party (59), the Khmer Will Party (58), the Kampucheaniyum Party (38), the Grassroots Democratic Party (32), the Khmer United Party (30), Beehive Social Democratic Party (23), Indigenous Peoples Democratic Party of Cambodia (19), Khmer National Unity Party (14), Raksmey Khemara Party (6) and Khmer Economic Development Party (4).
The NEC has rejected some candidates, especially from the Candlelight Party, because they do not meet the legal requirements, with some unable to read and write Khmer.
This means the Candlelight Party will lose the chance to contest 11 communes. The same thing has happened with the Beehive Social Democratic Party and the Khmer Will Party.
In many communes, the Candlelight Party is competing with the CPP. In addition to the communes where the CPP stands alone, the Candlelight Party has no candidate in five other communes.
The Candlelight Party will not be represented in two communes in Phnom Penh, Sangkat Prek Leap and Khan Chroy Changva. The CPP is competing in the latter only with the Khmer National Unite Party. In Sangkat Kbal Koh, Khan Chbar Ampov, the CPP will compete with FUNCINPEC.
In Kaleng commune, in Ratanakkiri's Lumphat district, the CPP is competing with the Khmer National United Party, while the Indigenous Peoples Democratic Party is facing the CPP in Sangkat Sokdom, Sen Monorom City, Mondulkiri province. In Toul Korkir commune, Mondul Seima district, Koh Kong province, the Cambodian People's Party is competing with the Cambodian Youth Party.