Russian observers note the high level of training that the Cambodian authorities provided to the elections in the lower house of parliament on Sunday in the Kingdom. The group of international observers from 538 people included about 20 Russian citizens representing the State Duma, the Federation Council, the Central Election Commission and the Public Chamber.
“Local authorities have done a lot of work to prepare for the elections. We checked the readiness of the polling stations, there were no comments, “the State Duma deputy from the Just Russia party Aleksey Chepa, who heads the Russia-Cambodia parliamentary friendship group, told TASS. He noted that the voting takes place in a calm atmosphere, while the high activity of voters is noticeable. “The results of these elections will determine the policy of Cambodia for the next five years, and we see that the voters, taking this into account, are very serious about fulfilling their civic duty,” the MP said.
The Russian parliamentarian drew attention to the fact that the current elections to the National Assembly differ from previous ones by a large number of participants. “This time, 20 parties are fighting for deputy mandates, in the last elections there were 18. The fact that the number of parties is gradually growing indicates that the democratic process in Cambodia is actively developing,” Chepa said.
Another member of the group of observers from Russia – State Duma deputy from the party “United Russia” Alexei Khokhlov – told TASS that the delegation of observers from Russia was specially invited by the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Cambodia. “We were invited to watch the preparations for the vote, the election process and assess them in terms of compliance with the Cambodian election law. Impressions from what they saw here are the most positive, we can say with confidence that the CEC and the country as a whole have adequately prepared for the most important event in the political life of this year, “the deputy stressed.
Cambodian authorities have repeatedly stated that they intend to ensure full transparency of the sixth in the modern history of the country’s elections to the lower house of parliament. To this end, the Central Election Commission has invited and accredited over 80,000 local and foreign citizens, as well as representatives of international organizations, as official election observers.
Elections of deputies of the National Assembly (the lower house of parliament) are held on almost 23 thousand polling stations established throughout the country. According to the CEC, of the nearly 16 million citizens of Cambodia, more than 8.3 million people have the right to vote.