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Final report: 1998 National Assembly election in Cambodia

In the aftermath of the coup of state in Phnom Penh on 5-6 July 1997, the scheduled commune elections were abruptly postponed. Since the country was anticipated to hold its first self-organized national election, COMFREL put a lot of efforts to lobbying the National Assembly for amendments to the draft election law, to replace the previous law introduced by UNTAC, whereby the National Election Committee should be accountable before the Assembly. COMFREL deployed 6,000 domestic observers covering about 50 % of the nation's polling stations. Despite numerous problems, the national election on 26 July 1998 saw considerable improvement in the atmosphere for democracy, for a good turnout in voter registration, a relatively violence-free campaigns and a positive atmosphere on the election day. On 30 November 1998, a plenary session of the National Assembly was held to vote in confidence on the new coalition government.

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Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
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  • 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 1999
Pagination 79
Date uploaded December 2, 2017, 16:58 (UTC)
Date modified August 1, 2023, 07:48 (UTC)