Ruling CPP wins majority of votes in Cambodia’s general election hinh anh 1Cambodian Prime Minister and CPP President Hun Sen visits a polling station in Phnom Penh on July 29. (Photo: AFP/VNA)

Phnom Penh (VNA) – The ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) won some 4.2 million out of more than 6.8 million votes in the country’s general election on July 29, or 61.7 percent, according to the party.

The number of votes was much higher than that the CPP gained in the 2013 election which stood at 48.83 percent.

The CPP was followed by the Grassroots Democratic Party (GDP) with over 560,000 votes, the National United Front for an Independent, Neutral, Peaceful and Cooperative Cambodia (FUNCINPEC) with 326,000 votes, the League for Democracy Party (LDP) with 268,000 votes and Khmer Will Party (KWP) with 183,000 votes.

Previously, the National Election Committee (NEC) announced Cambodia’s general election was a success with the voter turnout estimated at 82.17 percent.

The figure is much higher than that of the previous election held in 2013, which was over 69.60 percent. 

The election of the sixth National Assembly took place from 7am to 3pm on July 29.

National Police Chief of Cambodia Neth Savoeun said there was no violence during the election.

The same day, Cambodian Prime Minister and CPP President Hun Sen thanked voters for participating in the election on his Facebook page. 

Twenty political parties competed for 125 seats in the parliament. More than 8.38 million voters registered to join the election.

According to NEC, 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 monitored the election. About 900 reporters, including close to 100 international reporters, came to Cambodia to cover the event.

 The NEC plans to announce preliminary results on August 11 and official results on August 15 in case of no complaints from political parties.-VNA