Duncan McCargo, Visiting Professor of Political Science at Columbia University and Professor of Political Science at the University of Leeds, wrote a July 31, 2018 op-ed in the Asia Times titled “The Trouble with Turnout at Cambodia’s Election.”
“In Cambodia, indelible ink no longer serves as means to reduce election fraud: instead, it has become a crude means of voter manipulation,” Professor McCargo writes. “Cambodia’s 2018 elections saw the CPP shift the terrain of electoral contestation from a choice between competing parties into a heavily-rigged referendum. In this referendum, the biggest losers were millions of ordinary Cambodians who found themselves dragooned into endorsing the ruling party against their will. For now at least, Hun Sen has successfully rewritten the rules of Cambodian elections.”
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