Cambodia at the polls: Erosion of the CPP and More Seats for the Opposition?

Hun SamPartyforumseasia: The triumphant return from exile of opposition leader Sam Rainsy last week and the increased visibility of young anti-CPP campaigners in Phnom Penh and bigger cities has tempted many foreign journalists to predict a sea change in Cambodia’s politics. Partyforumseasia has been more cautious in view of the overwhelming control of the country by Prime Minister Hun Sen and his CPP. Some gains of the opposition, more united at last, should be possible, though. But recent reports about discrepancies in the voters lists do not augur well for a clean procedure. Under-registration and intimidation of known opposition voters have been common before, over-registration in other constituencies may mean that “ghost voters” can tip the balance decisively. These ghosts have been haunting other countries in the region as well.

For an excellent and balanced overview of the newest developments see Max Grömping’s report under The Electoral Integrity Project:

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