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Democracy, elections and reform in Cambodia 2016

The report measures and assess the status of Cambodia's democracy on three factors (democratic governance, democratic space and democratic elections), by adopting qualitative method and relying on primary and secondary research findings from COMFREL's (Government Watch, Parliamentary Watch, Media Watch and Election Watch) programs managed by its Advocacy and Monitoring Unit, and from the Election Reform Alliance (ERA). It was found that the political atmosphere remained very tense throughout 2016, due to a close defeat of the CNRP in the 2013 national election and a failure of the political reconciliation between the CPP led government and the main opposition. By the end of 2016, 24 opposition members and supporters including two lawmakers remained in custody. The legislative process was dysfunctional because of the political tension and opposition. The democratic space continued to shrink, especially freedom to assembly and association and freedom of expression.

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Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Elections
  • Parliament
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Cambodia
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The Committee for Free and Fair Elections (COMFREL) Address: # 138, St. 122, Teuk Laak I, Tuol Kork, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Tel: +855 23 88 41 50/12 942 017-9, Fax: +855 23 88 37 50 E-mail: or Website:

Author (corporate) COMFREL
Publication place Phnom Penh
Publisher COMFREL
Publication date 2017
Pagination 54
Date uploaded November 26, 2017, 15:35 (UTC)
Date modified June 14, 2019, 08:00 (UTC)