CNRP splinter parties cause internal strife, analysts say

Drivers pass a sign for the newly formed Cambodia National Love Party in Battambang city. Photo taken on August 17, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

A widening rift between former Cambodia National Rescue Party leaders and members that have split off to form their own parties threatens any chance of a united opposition front, analysts say.

Public reluctant to trust the independence of new NEC president

Prach Chan (R), the new chairman of the National Election Committee, receives the NEC seal from Minister of the Royal Palace Kong Sam Ol at a ceremony in Phnom Penh, June 30, 2021.CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

The new chairman of the National Election Committee (NEC) pledged his commitment to ensuring that Cambodia’s upcoming commune and national elections are free and fair amid doubts from civil society groups about the former CPP lawmaker’s independence.

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.