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Cambodia

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National Assembly

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theSenate

Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
29.07.2018
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
31.07.2023
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
125
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

The number of candidates is not available from authoritative sources.
The number of women candidates is not available from authoritative sources.
Yes
Number of parties contesting the election This field may include either the number of parties contesting the election, or the number of coalitions/electoral alliance.
20

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
8,380,217
Votes Number of people who actually voted
6,956,900
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
83.02%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
Prime Minister Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party (CPP) won all the seats in the 125-member National Assembly (see note) in the absence of participation by viable opposition parties, following a ban of the only significant opposition party. According to the National Election Committee, voter turnout was 83 per cent – a figure contested by the opposition. The 2018 elections followed intensifying tensions between the government and the major opposition party – the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) – which had won 55 seats in the 2013 elections. The Government and the CNRP then signed an agreement and CNRP members, including the then CNRP leader, Mr. Sam Rainsy, were sworn into the National Assembly in July 2014. However, the rivalry revived as the National Assembly suddenly stripped Mr. Rainsy of his parliamentary mandate (following a court order for his arrest on a 2008 defamation conviction). In July 2017, the National Assembly approved additional amendments to the Law on Political Parties, which further restricted freedom of association and expression. The law effectively required the CNRP to sever all ties with its former leader, ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled for July 2018. In November 2017, the Supreme Court dissolved the CNRP. It also banned 118 CNRP leaders (including all 55 CNRP members of the National Assembly) from political life for five years with no possibility of appeal. Their parliamentary mandates were immediately revoked and their seats reallocated to non-elected political parties allegedly aligned with the ruling party. The Supreme Court decision was based on charges of conspiracy with a foreign country to overthrow the legitimate government brought against the president of the CNRP, Mr. Kem Sokha. Most of the former CNRP MPs have gone into exile. Mr. Sokha has remained in jail since September 2017. He has denied the charges. Mr. Rainsy (in exile since 2015) called for a boycott of the 2018 elections. CNRP vice president, Ms. Mu Sochua (who also lives in exile), called the new members of parliament illegitimate. Note: The statutory number of National Assembly members has increased from 123 to 125 due to an increase in the number of seats allocated to Preah Sihanouk province.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
1
Percentage of parties winning seats The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of parties which won parliamentary representation by the number of parties contesting the election.
5%
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
100%
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
No
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
Cambodian People's Party (CPP)
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
Cambodian People's Party (CPP) 125
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
106
Number of women elected
19
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
15.2%
Sources
National Assembly (06.09.2018) Agence Kampuchea Press Reuters https://www.channelnewsasia.com http://akpnews.info/
Women Directly Elected
19

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
106
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
19
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
05.09.2018
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Heng Samrin (Male)
Political party
Cambodian People's Party (CPP)
Date of election
05.09.2018