អង្គការ ការបោះឆ្នោតដោយសេរីប្រចាំអាស៊ី អាន់ហ្វ្រើល(ANFREL) ក្នុងរបាយការណ៍ស្រាវជ្រាវរបស់ខ្លួន រកឃើញថា មានការទប់ស្កាត់ជាប្រព័ន្ធឆ្ពោះទៅរកលទ្ធិប្រជាធិបតេយ្យនិងកំណែរទម្រង់នយោបាយ ប្រព្រឹត្តឡើងដោយគណបក្សប្រជាជនកំពុងកាន់អំណាច។
But barring “genuine efforts toward democratization and political reform” by the the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP)-controlled government, the election is likely to fall far short of being “fair, credible, transparent, inclusive, and peaceful,” the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) said in a pre-election analysis of the country’s political landscape and legal framework.
“Overall, Cambodia still falls short of the standard of democratic elections according to ANFREL’s Dili Indicator for Democratic Elections,” the report concluded. “There will be no genuine and legitimate election outcome as long as threats against the opposition and civic society remain prevalent.”
The reasons adduced by ANFREL include the effective control by the CPP of the National Election Committee and other key state bodies and institutions; the sustained crackdowns on the political opposition, civil society groups, activists, and the independent media; and the CPP’s intimidation of opposition parties seeking to run in the upcoming elections. While the June 5 poll will involve more parties than participated in the last election in 2017, “many opposition candidates and members… continue to experience harassment and intimidation on the ground,” the report found.