Facts about Commune Election 2012 in Cambodia

Young supporters of the Sam Rainsy Party, opposition party.

Young supporters of the Sam Rainsy Party, opposition party.

  • Date: Sunday, June 3, 2012; from 7:00am to 3:00pm. It is the third communal election since 2002
  • Eligible voters: 9,203,493 registered (Population: 14,2 million)
  • 1,633 communes (increased from 1,621 communes in 2007)
  • Female candidates increased by 4.29%: Cambodian People’s Party (CPP): 22.47%, Sam Rainsy Party (SRP): 20.75%, Norodom Ranaridh’s Party (NRP): 30.33%, Funcinpec (FCP): 30.68%
  • Cost: USD 19.5 million estimated; government would cover 76% and asks donors to support the rest (24%)
  • Election campaign: from 18.05. to 01.06.12. Each party has 12 minutes campaign time daily on television and radio, 2 six minutes spots per day: 6 minutes video spot and six minutes debates organized by National Democratic Institute (NDI).
  • Registration: 10 parties participated for 11,459 seats,
  1. CPP: candidates in all 1,633 communes (100%)
  2. SRP: candidates in 1,615 communes (99%)
  3. FCP: candidates in 1,413 communes (87%)
  4. HRP: 1,070 communes (66%)
  5. NRP: in 1,029 communes (63%)
  6. Khmer Nationality Party: 225 communes (14%)
  7. Democratic Alliances Party: 164 (10%)
  8. Khmer Anti-Poverty Party: 23 communes (1%)
  9. Republican Democratic Party: 9 communes (1%)
  10. Democratic Movement Party: 2 communes (0.1%)
  • 10.6 million Ballots printed
  • Observers from the (10) parties: 118,810 persons and 10,000 observers from 16 NGOs
  • Polling stations: 18,107
  • 180,000 staff members employed
  • Organized by the National Election Committee (NEC), dominated by the ruling party members.
Supporters of the ruling party during the election campaign

Supporters of the ruling party during the election campaign

For comparison:

Election results in 2002, 8 parties participated, only four got Commune Council members (11,261 seats):

  1. CPP: 7,703
  2. FCP: 2,211
  3. SRP: 1,346
  4. Khmer Democratic Party: 1

Election results in 2007, 12 parties participated, only five got CC members (11,353 seats):

  1. CPP: 7,993
  2. SRP: 2,660
  3. NRP: 425
  4. FCP: 274
  5. Hang Dara Democratic Movement Party: 1

(Source: NEC, Phnom Penh Post, The Cambodia Daily, Reasmey Kampuchea Daily and Kampuchea Thmei Daily newspapers)




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