RAINSY’S RETURN

5 Aug

Elections are over and Phnom Penh is eerily quiet — for now. Cambodia’s longstanding ruling party declared a narrow win, but with widespread allegations of fraud and irregularities, Cambodia’s opposition says that victory belongs to them.

On election day, I spoke with voters whose names had been deleted from registration lists, people who arrived at polling stations only to find out that someone had voted for them, and individuals who were not allowed to vote despite having proper ID. Rumours were also circulating that Vietnamese migrants were casting ballots, ghost villages were created, and that ruling party supporters were allowed to vote multiple times.

The contending Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) has rejected the preliminary results. Demonstrations may be imminent… and they could turn violent.

The following photographs are from opposition leader Sam Rainsy’s July 19th return to Cambodia, the July 28th election, a Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) rally, and a post-election press conference. You can read more about Cambodia’s 2013 election in the Toronto Star.

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Q&A > SON CHHAY
‘FREEDOM DOESN’T COME EASY — IT’S WORTH SUFFERING FOR’
Toronto Star
July 27, 2013
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