The ruling CPP has won 1,156 communes to the CNRP’s 489 in the country’s June 4 local elections, according to official results released this morning by the national election authority.
The one remaining commune went to the Khmer National United Party, which split from the once-influential royalist Funcinpec Party last year.
Though the CPP held on to a commanding majority of the country’s 1,646 communes, it lost hundreds to the CNRP, whose parent parties—which later merged—won only 40 communes between them in 2012.
Following recounts requested by the two main parties in several communes since June 4, the official results also mark a loss of two communes for the CPP, which claimed to have won 1,158 immediately after election day, and a gain of two for the CNRP.
The National Election Committee says the CPP won a total 6,504 commune councilors to the CNRP’s 5,007. Funcinpec won 28 and the Khmer National United Party 24. Three other minority parties also won a few council seats but no communes.
Election observers have endorsed the NEC’s running of Election Day but say the poll was marred by the government’s persecution of opposition and human rights figures over the past year and its repeated warnings of violence during the campaign should the CPP lose or face protests.
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