Cambodians head to the polling stations for the 6th general election

Cambodians head to the polling stations for the 6th general election

Cambodians head to the polling stations for the 6th general election

Written by Reuters

29 Jul, 2018 | 3:37 pm

Reuters – Cambodian voters on Sunday headed to the polling stations for the country’s sixth general election to elect 125 parliament members from 20 political parties. Polling began at 07:00 local time at nearly 23,000 polling stations and is due to close at 15:00 the same day.

Some 8.38 million eligible voters are expected to cast their ballots to choose their representatives in the country’s top legislature from political parties, including the Cambodian People’s Party and Union of Cambodian Democrats.

The winning party will form a new government. In capital Phnom Penh, residents started to vote early Sunday morning at different polling stations. Most of them hope for a better life no matter which party wins.

“I hope to see in the future, that the education in the country will be improved because the education system is lagging behind, especially in some remote areas. I hope that the next government can make education accessible to more,” said Soragena, a teacher.

“No matter which party wins, I hope that the Cambodian people can unite together and the country can progress, everyone would have a job, the salary would go up and the living standards would be improved. I hope that our living standards can catch up with our neighbor countries,” said Lenlalim, an employee in the tourism industry.

The Cambodian government has sent out about 70,000 security guards; in addition, nearly 90,000 Cambodian observers, as well as over 300 foreign observers, are monitoring the election. The preliminary results are expected to be announced on Sunday evening.

The Southeast Asian country holds a general election once every five years.

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