Voting officially ended across Cambodia on Sunday and election staff began counting ballots. In the lead-up to the election, the opposition party complained of voter fraud and irregularities but at this polling station in capital Phnom Penh, National Election Committee (NEC) workers said they said voting was carried out smoothly. Incumbent Prime Minister Hun Sen and his Cambodia People's Party (CPP) are widely expected to win the majority of the 123-seat parliament. Hun Sen, 61, has held the post of prime minister for 28 years, bringing stability after civil war and the genocidal regime of the Khmer Rouge in the 70's. But his critics, both in Cambodia and abroad, have questioned the country's democracy due to his uninterrupted and unchallenged leadership and portray him as an authoritarian figure with a questionable human rights record. In the run-up to the 2013 polls, U.S. senators put pressure on Cambodia, calling for a freeze on U.S. aid to the country if the election was not credible. Opposition leader Sam Rainsy was allowed to return from self-exile in France soon after to campaign for the CNRP. Preliminary poll results are expected later on Sunday. The official results are not likely for a month.
Polls close and vote counting begins in Cambodia's general election, after the opposition complains of voter fraud. Rough Cut (no reporter narration). ( Transcript )
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