Cambodian general election, 2018
All 125 seats to the National Assembly
63 seats needed for a majority
|Turnout||6,956,900 (83.02%) 13.41%|
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General elections (Khmer: ការបោះឆ្នោតជ្រើសតាំងតំណាងរាស្ត្រ នីតិកាលទី៦ ឆ្នាំ២០១៨) were held in Cambodia on Sunday, 29 July 2018 to elect members of the sixth National Assembly. Polling precincts opened at 7:00 a.m. and closed at 3:00 p.m. The number of registered voters has decreased for the first time since 1993 and was down 13.39% from the previous general election. Voter turnout was 83.02%. With the absence of a credible opposition, the election was viewed as merely a formality, and dismissed as a "sham election" by the international community. It resulted in a widely expected landslide victory for the ruling Cambodian People's Party, who won all 125 seats in the National Assembly.
The previous election of 28 July 2013, saw the fourth consecutive victory of the Cambodian People's Party, gaining 68 seats of the National Assembly and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party occupying the rest of the 55 seats. Despite their huge gain in seats, the opposition denied the results and accused the ruling party of poll fraud. As a result, the CNRP boycotted parliament in September 2013 and vows not to enter parliament until a legitimate electoral reform. The disputed election results led to the outbreak of widespread anti-government protests.
On 10 April 2014, prime minister Hun Sen agreed to hold the election five months early in February 2018. The opposition however rejected and wants the election to be held as early as 2015 or mid 2016. On 22 July 2014, the political crisis officially ended and the opposition agreed to accept their seats in parliament. The next election was also agreed to be held in 2018. As of November 2015, Sam Rainsy is barred from contesting the 2018 election, having been stripped from parliamentary immunity, and barred from returning to Cambodia. His request for a royal pardon was blocked by Prime Minister Hun Sen. In December 2016, his deputy Kem Sokha replaced him as Minority Leader.
On 11 February 2017, Sam Rainsy announced his resignation as President of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, and was replaced by his deputy Kem Sokha. On 3 September, Sokha was arrested and charged of "treason", raising questions about the party's future. Another act of repression by the government was the closure of the Cambodia Daily newspaper. On 16 November 2017, the opposition CNRP was dissolved, eliminating any real challenge to the long-ruling CPP. Its seats in parliament were distributed to three other parties.
The legitimacy of the 2018 election has been called into question by various commentators and media outlets. There were a record number of invalid ballots, accounting for 8.6% of the total votes cast, more than any votes received by a political party barring the CPP. Various international governments including Australia, Canada, the European Union, and the United States dismissed the election results, and threatened to impose sanctions on Hun Sen's government. China, the Philippines, Laos and Thailand were among the countries to congratulate the CPP on their victory. Meanwhile the former opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party accused the National Election Committee of misleading the number of voter turnout.
|Cambodian People's Party||4,889,113||76.85||125||+57|
|League for Democracy Party||309,364||4.86||0||0|
|Khmer Will Party||212,869||3.35||0||New|
|Khmer National United Party||99,377||1.56||0||New|
|Grassroots Democratic Party||70,567||1.11||0||New|
|Beehive Social Democratic Party||56,024||0.88||0||New|
|Khmer Anti-Poverty Party||55,298||0.87||0||0|
|Khmer United Party||48,785||0.77||0||New|
|Cambodian Nationality Party||45,370||0.71||0||0|
|Khmer Republican Party||41,631||0.65||0||New|
|Cambodian Youth Party||39,333||0.62||0||New|
|Khmer Economic Development Party||23,255||0.37||0||0|
|Khmer Rise Party||22,002||0.35||0||New|
|Ponleu Thmey Party||13,509||0.21||0||New|
|Cambodia Indigenous People's Democracy Party||10,197||0.16||0||New|
|Our Motherland Party||9,174||0.14||0||New|
|Democratic Republican Party||8,591||0.14||0||0|
|Reaksmey Khemara Party||4,212||0.07||0||New|
|Source: National Election Committee|
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