Sar Kheng urges party members to address modern issues ahead of 2022 commune elections

A man rides a bicycle past a banner asking people to confirm their personal information and register to vote ahead of the 2022 commune election, October 4, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Relying on traditional political messaging about the Khmer Rouge era won’t be enough to sway public opinion in the 2022 commune council elections, said deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng on Monday.

Civil society leaders urge release of imprisoned opposition members ahead of 2022 commune elections

A woman searches for her name on a voting list during commune elections in Phnom Penh. Picture taken on June 4, 2017. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

In a Wednesday press conference held online, representatives of roughly 60 civil society groups urged the government to release prisoners of conscience and work to establish political neutrality among the judiciary, military and National Election Committee ahead of the 2022 commune council polls.

With no credible opposition, minor parties prepare for non-competitive elections

Motorists drive past the Khmer Will Party's headquarters in Phnom Penh, July 12, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Ou Chanrath, the founder of the newly formed Cambodia Reform Party (CRP) and a former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) lawmaker, said that party officials had been repeatedly questioned by authorities while collecting fingerprints to submit to the Ministry of Interior so that the party can compete in the upcoming commune elections.

Women still willing to participate in politics despite intimidation, study finds

Sin Chan Pov Rozeth, the former chief of O'Cha commune in Battambang province, told CamboJA women face several barriers to political activity. A member of the CNRP before the party was forcibly dissolved, she is pictured here in her office on October 11, 2017. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

A new report examining the participation of women in politics within a single-party Cambodian state has found that male violence remains a key barrier to entry.

NEC chairman steps down due health problem

Sik Bun Hok, chairman NEC holds a lot drawing to determine the order of political party on ballot papers for the July 2018 election, in Phnom Penh, Picture taken on May 29, 2018. CamboJA/ Samrang Pring

Hang Puthea, spokesman for the NEC, confirmed the resignation saying that he has an unspecified medical issue for which he received surgery abroad. He sent his resignation to the National Assembly on Tuesday and it was approved Friday.