All eyes on voter turnout in Cambodia election on Sunday

Likely win for ruling party amid opposition campaign to abstain

Cambodian People's Party supporters at a rally in Phnom Penh on Sunday. The party had thousands tooting their horns and waving the blue CPP flag in endless convoys of trucks, tuk-tuks and motorcycles.
Cambodian People's Party supporters at a rally in Phnom Penh on Sunday. The party had thousands tooting their horns and waving the blue CPP flag in endless convoys of trucks, tuk-tuks and motorcycles.ST PHOTO: TAN HUI YEE
Cambodian People's Party supporters at a rally in Phnom Penh on Sunday. The party had thousands tooting their horns and waving the blue CPP flag in endless convoys of trucks, tuk-tuks and motorcycles.
MS YEAM DY

Days are quiet in this rain-sodden village in Preah Sihanouk province, even with an election around the corner.

"Two political parties came here to distribute leaflets," said an impassive Madam Nong Tharin, 61, as she rocks her sleeping grandchild in a cloth hammock. "But whether I vote or not, the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) will still win."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 26, 2018, with the headline 'All eyes on voter turnout in Cambodia election on Sunday'. Subscribe