Cambodians cast ballots in general election hinh anh 1Cambodian voters cast their vote at a polling station (Photo: VNA)
Phnom Penh (VNA) – Cambodian voters on July 29 morning began casting their ballots at 22,967 polling stations across the country to elect 125 parliamentarians to the sixth National Assembly.

According to the Cambodian Election Committee (NEC), about 8.3 million voters registered to join the election. Twenty political parties are competing for 125 seats in the parliament.

Cambodian Prime Minister and President of the CPP Samdech Techo Hun Sen and his wife Bunrany Hun Sen cast their votes at a polling station at the Teacher Training College in Ta Khmau town, Kandal province. Meanwhile, most of leaders of other parties voted in Phnom Penh.

About 80,000 police and soldiers have been deployed to ensure safety and security at polling stations, the Ministry of Home Affairs said.

Nearly 100,000 observers of the 20 participating political parties and 112 domestic social and civil organisations, as well as 500 international observers from 42 countries will monitor the election, according to NEC.

Besides, about 900 reporters, including close to 100 international reporters, came to Cambodia to cover the event.

NEC plans to announce preliminary results on August 11 and official results on August 15 in case of no complaints from political parties. However, parties could announce their initial outcomes within the day based on their observers.-VNA