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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.

Phnom Penh communes where the CPP is running uncontested in this week's election.

In 24 Communes, the Only Choice Is CPP

Tens of thousands of voters will enter polling booths on June 5 to vote on a ballot with only one party to choose from: In 24 communes, including eight in Phnom Penh, the ruling CPP is the only available choice.

Ros Savoeun, Candlelight candidate in Kandal’s Doeum Reus commune, on May 28, 2022. (Michael Dickison/VOD)

Fear, Surveillance Leave Candidate, 73, on a One-Man Mission

In a ruling-party stronghold, where the Prime Minister’s Bodyguard Unit has a base and its presence is heavily felt, few are willing to stick out their necks — except for a 73-year-old opposition commune-chief candidate.

Raiya shares a laugh with a Candlelight colleague in Sdao commune on May 8, 2022.

Candlelight’s Kung Raiya Fined 5 Million Riel

The Kampong Cham provincial election committee fined Candlelight Party commune-chief candidate Kung Raiya around $1,250 for insulting the competition, but he was cleared over distributing money to colleagues, an NEC spokesman said.