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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Minority Parties ‘Spoil’ Vote in 130 Communes

Minority Parties ‘Spoil’ Vote in 130 Communes

The Cambodia Daily | 7 June 2017

If just seven of the 151 ballots cast for the Grassroots Democracy Party in Taing Yab commune had gone for the CNRP, another commune would have slid into the main opposition’s win column. Instead, the ruling CPP won the commune by six votes.

The commune in Takeo province’s Prey Kabbas district is one of 130 won by the CPP in Sunday’s elections in which, had all the ballots cast for minority political parties gone to the CNRP, its candidates would have been elected chief, according to preliminary results from the National Election Committee.

Yang Saing Koma, the newly appointed program director for the Grassroots Democracy Party, speaks during a press conference at the party’s Phnom Penh headquarters on February. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
With the CNRP estimating victory in between 482 and 486 communes of 1,646 nationwide, those additional wins would have increased their totals by about 27 percent—about half the 1,158 communes the CPP estimates it won.


The “spoiler effect,” in which votes are split among various opposition parties, hurting the CNRP’s chances of beating the CPP, “did cost some votes in some communes, but the overall votes wouldn’t have changed,” said Ou Virak, head of the Future Forum think tank.

Mr. Virak said it was likely that votes for minority opposition parties would have otherwise gone to the CNRP, but it was no guarantee.

“Most of the votes [for third parties] would come from the opposition [CNRP] party,” he said, though some of the smaller parties might have pulled votes from the CPP.

CNRP spokesman Yim Sovann said votes going to minority parties only had a “small effect” and it was unclear whether vote splitting hurt the CNRP or the CPP more.

Still, Mr. Sovann said, third parties should think about their impact.

“People who create the parties should consider whether we lose or gain when we do not join together with the democracy movement, with the CNRP,” he said. The smaller parties should also consider “whether they have implemented any policy or just split the vote.”

“If they want to have quick reform, we should join forces together,” Mr. Sovann said, adding that the CNRP would welcome those who wished to discuss mergers.

But third party leaders contacted on Tuesday said they had no plans to join forces, despite third parties winning only about 3 percent of total votes on Sunday compared to 51 percent for the CPP and 46 percent for the CNRP, according to early results released by the parties. (Minority parties’ slice of the electoral pie has shrunk from nearly 7 percent in the 2013 national election and about 7.5 percent in the 2012 local elections.)

Yang Saing Koma, co-founder of the Grassroots Democracy Party, said the party’s brand of “bottom-up democracy” would not fit well with the CNRP’s “top-down” structure, making it impossible for the parties to consolidate.

“If we merge with them we would lose our identity,” Mr. Saing Koma said.

He said third parties should not be held responsible for the CNRP’s loses.

“There’s a time when each political party has to look at themselves,” he said. “The vote doesn’t belong to the CNRP.”

Khem Veasna, president of the League for Democracy Party (LDP) and a former Sam Rainsy Party parliamentarian, said his supporters would think he was “crazy” if he decided to join the CNRP.

“Everything about LDP is different from others,” he said, claiming that other parties were involved in politics out of self-interest rather than civic duty. “We want to use LDP to win elections by ourselves because we have another ideology.”

Mam Sonando, Beehive Social Democratic Party president, acknowledged the CNRP’s gains in Sunday’s elections compared to previous races, but said voters would change their minds about the party if its leaders did not keep their campaign promises.

“It is improved but people will reconsider,” he said.

His party had no intention to join either of the major parties, he added.

Mr. Sovann, the CNRP spokesman, said that if third parties wanted reform, they should join forces with the main opposition party.

“It is time for those parties to think and reconsider,” he said. “If they want to have change, they should come and join with the CNRP.”







11 comments:

  1. Anonymous4:13 PM

    To Yang Saing Koma, founder and president of the GDP:

    You are making the illegally Vietnamese-installed CPP win and making CNRP lose to the illegally Vietnamese-installed CPP. CNRP has been trying to save Cambodia and Cambodian people from being under the Communist Indochina (wish is Ghost Ho Chi Minh's blueprint to swallow Cambodia after Khmer Kampuchea Krom) and save Cambodia from being disappeared just like Khmer Kampuchea Krom and Champa (Central Vietnam). Do you know that Laos is stuck with the Vietnam's grips and soon to be a part of Indochina's umbrella? CNRP has been trying to save you and your supporters. You accused CNRP for doing bad deed. You will be sorry, brother. You need to find a way to stay out of the illegally Vietnamese-installed CPP led by a Vietnamese puppet Hun Sen. If you are Khme or Cambodian, then do something about it to save Cambodia from in the process for being a part of Indochina's umbrella led by Ghost Ho Chi Minh. Ghost Ho Chi Minh followers are still dreaming Cambodia will be a part of Vietnam soon.

    One of Khmer Yeurng living in the U.S.

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  2. Anonymous4:15 PM

    Correction for Anonymous4:13 PM

    To Yang Saing Koma, founder and president of the GDP:

    You are making the illegally Vietnamese-installed CPP win and making CNRP lose to the illegally Vietnamese-installed CPP. CNRP has been trying to save Cambodia and Cambodian people from being under the Communist Indochina (which is a Ghost Ho Chi Minh's blueprint to swallow Cambodia after Khmer Kampuchea Krom) and save Cambodia from being disappeared just like Khmer Kampuchea Krom and Champa (Central Vietnam). Do you know that Laos is stuck with the Vietnam's grips and soon to be a part of Indochina's umbrella? CNRP has been trying to save you and your supporters. You accused CNRP for doing bad deed. You will be sorry, brother. You need to find a way to stay out of the illegally Vietnamese-installed CPP led by a Vietnamese puppet Hun Sen. If you are Khme or Cambodian, then do something about it to save Cambodia from in the process for being a part of Indochina's umbrella led by Ghost Ho Chi Minh. Ghost Ho Chi Minh followers are still dreaming Cambodia will be a part of Vietnam soon.

    One of Khmer Yeurng living in the U.S.

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    1. Anonymous12:19 AM

      Oh yes. Another American citizen who try to judge someone who live in his own country. Hey, how long since your last visiting of Cambodia? Or should I ask did you ever live in Cambodia at all?

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    2. Anonymous4:28 AM

      to Anonymous12:19 AM:

      Yes, of courses. Why should you ask? Are you a son or a daughter of illegal Yuon/Vietcong immigrants under a Yuon puppet Hun Sen? Of courses, you are. We sense who is talking in a support of helping CPP to win the election because of smaller parties.

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  3. Anonymous4:24 AM

    Yes, of courses. Why should you ask? Are you a son or a daughter of illegal Yuon/Vietcong immigrants under a Yuon puppet Hun Sen? Of courses, you are. We sense who is talking in a support of helping CPP to win the election because of smaller parties.

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  4. Anonymous9:36 AM

    I would not be surprised some day Khmer Yeurng would be deported in droves back to Cambodia by President Trump.

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    1. Anonymous10:17 AM

      9:36 AM

      Although I am not Khmer Yeurng, I am very much disgusted
      with your Yuon troll.
      Since you're not a US citizen and because of your bad deeds, Donald Trump
      will have to deport you.

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    2. Anonymous10:54 AM

      I'm an American citizen.

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  5. Anonymous3:43 PM

    10:54 AM

    If so, why your command of English is still bad ?

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    1. Anonymous8:39 AM

      'Cause mine is better than yours.

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    2. Anonymous2:41 PM

      8:39 AM

      For A to recognize and spot the mistakes or flaws of B,
      A must be better than B.

      I rest my case.

      Delete