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.

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

‘Angel’ Soars: CPP’s Dominance in Numbers

This year’s election was marked by a tidal wave of support for the ruling party. As preliminary results come in, just four out of the country’s 1,652 communes voted in opposition commune chiefs, all from the Candlelight Party.

Village 3 chief Eng Vuthy, of Sihanoukville’s Muoy commune, in May 2022. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Candlelight Hopes to Reclaim Sihanoukville’s CNRP Stronghold

The Candlelight Party describes Muoy commune as an opposition stronghold in Preah Sihanouk, where communities without land titles face precarious futures. A candidate who spent two years in jail over a land dispute thinks the issue will be his ticket to victory.