elections

Cambodia: Does the boycott of CNRP seats in the Assembly amount to a forfeiture?

The CNRP has threatened to boycott the National Assembly over allegations of irregularities and inaccuracies in the reporting of the election results on 28 July, but Prime Minister Hun Sen has warned the main opposition party that they will forfeit their seats if they carry out such a threat.  But is Hun Sen’s warning constitutionally possible? What are the possibilities if a party refuses to take their seats in Parliament? What would be the impact of the boycott to the functioning of the Assembly? According to Article 76, the National Assembly must consist of at least 120 members, however there is no other provision which stipulates that the National Assembly cannot be held if their members number below 120. This was illustrated in 2008, when the opposition party also boycotted the first ...

Destination Justice First Quarterly Rule of Law Report 2013

Destination Justice has released today its first Cambodian Quarterly Rule of Law Report, focusing on the months of January, February and March 2013. This report provides insight into the challenges and progress in developing the rule of law in Cambodia during those first three months of the year 2013 by outlining the most significant rule of law developments. In particular, the 2013 first quarterly report features preparations for the upcoming 2013 national elections, human rights defenders and activists’ trials, land titling issues, garment workers asking for rights and justice, and more. The Cambodian first Quarterly Rule of Law Report is intended to reach a global community of law practitioners and students, the report focusing on areas of justice, law making and implementation, violati...

Cambodia: 2013 Election Analysis – A Practical Perspective

The provisional results of the 2013 elections have been announced, with Minister of Information, Khieu Kanharith declaring a victory for the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP). In the statement released on Sunday night, the Minister announced that the ruling party had won 68 of the National Assembly’s 123 seats, whilst the main opposition party, the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) won 55 seats, although this figure varies. But what do the provisional results mean in relation to the formation of the new Government? Are they definitive? Can the CNRP challenge the result based on the alleged irregularities? When will the new Government officially be formed? Destination Justice takes a practical look at the Cambodian Elections 2013. Background Khieu Kanharith’s statement cut through the con...

Cambodia: the electoral process

Background In 1991, after having suffered of civil war for about two decades, the Cambodian political system marked a new turning point. All belligerents signed the Paris Peace Agreement, whose main purposes were to establish a ceasefire and hold democratic elections. It is no later than September 21, 1993 that a democratic Constitution was adopted. Under article 78 of Cambodian Constitution, the elections are held every five years. The Government is borned by the National assembly and shall be held accountable to this same body. Celebrating its 20 years this year, the 1993 Cambodian Constitution already saw the general elections being held four times, and will insure that the July, 28 2013 general elections will be held democratically. In order to better understand the electoral process i...

Cambodge : le processus électoral

Contexte En 1991, après avoir souffert de la guerre civile pendant deux décénnies, un nouveau tournant se dessina pour le système politique cambodgien. Tous les belligérants signèrent les Accords de Paix de Paris dont les buts principaux étaient l’établissement d’un cessez-le-feu et la tenue d’élections démocratiques. En 1993, une Constitution démocratique a été adoptée. Selon l’article 78 de la Constitution cambodgienne, les élections ont lieu tous les cinq ans. Le Gouvernement est limité et est responsable devant l’Assemblée Nationale. Célébrant ses 20 ans cette année, la Constitution cambodgienne de 1993 aura déjà vu les éléctions législatives se tenir quatre fois, et assurera une organisation démocratique des élections nationales du 28 juillet 2013. Afin de mieux comprendre le pr...