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Candlelight Party vice president Son Chhay, facing a defamation trial, outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on September 29, 2022. (Ouch Sony/VOD)

Son Chhay Stands by Election Allegations at Defamation Trial

The National Election Committee maintained on Thursday that comments made by an opposition leader about the results of the June commune election had affected its reputation, as it pressed its case at a defamation hearing at the Phnom Penh court.

Vote counting at Chea Sim Boeng Keng Kang High School in Phnom Penh on June 5, 2022. (Tran Techseng/VOD)

10% of New Commune Chiefs Are Women

Only 1 in 10 commune chiefs elected across the country last month are women, as a ruling party spokesman said what mattered was effective gender-promoting policies and not the gender of candidates.

Hun Sen votes at the June 5 commune election. (Hean Rangsey/VOD)

NEC Final Results Cements CPP Sweep of Commune Councils

The ruling Cambodian People’s Party was confirmed the overwhelming victor at the June commune election, as the electoral body announced on Sunday the final results of an election marred with allegations of irregularities and intimidation.

Candlelight Party vice president Son Chhay joins a party rally in Preah Vihear province in May 2022. (Ananth Baliga/VOD)

Updated: CPP Sues Candlelight Party Leader for $1M

Candlelight Party vice president Son Chhay is the target of a $1 million complaint by the ruling party, where he is accused of impacting the CPP’s honor during an interview with Washington-based online media Cambodia Daily.