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Cambodian elections, litmus test for vibrant democracy

  • Hor Nam Bora

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Jakarta   /   Thu, July 12, 2018   /  01:29 pm
Cambodian elections, litmus test for vibrant democracy Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen (C) weaves a krama, a cotton scarf, during a campaign to break the world record for longest cotton scarf weaved, by reaching a length of 1000 metres, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, June 7, 2018. (Reuters/Samrang Pring )

The Cambodian general elections are to be held on July 29 to elect the members of the sixth National Assembly, the Lower House of the country’s two parliamentary chambers, with the Senate being the Upper House. 

About 8.4 million Cambodians are registered to vote, which is roughly 85 percent of the electorate. According to the National Election Committee (NEC), some 530,000 new voters had registered out of a total 1.6 million unregistered voters. 

Likewise, the NEC officially confirmed that 20 political parties had registered and would take part in the election.

Cambodia’s political system is clearly defined by its Constitution, which adopted a liberal multi-party democracy. The Khmer citizens are the masters of their own country in which all powers belong to them, exercising their powers through the Parliament, the gover...

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