Candlelight Party not joining Senate election

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Candlelight Party leader Teav Vannol. Supplied

The Candlelight Party has not registered to join the Senate election, but four other political parties, include the ruling Cambodian People’s Party and Funcipec, have registered for the election.

Som Sorida, the deputy secretary-general of the National Election Committee (NEC) and director of the Press Reaction Team for the NEC, said the registration period for the Senate election started from November 28 and finished on December 12.

The NEC has registered four political parties – the Cambodian People’s Party, Funcipec, the Khmer National United Party and the Cambodian Youth Party.

“The Candlelight Party has not joined the Senate election on February 25, 2018,” said Mr Sorida.

Teav Vannol, the president of Candlelight Party which changed its name from the Sam Rainsy Party, said people knew his party depended on voters from the now dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party.

“We do not join the Senate election because we do not have voters,” Mr Vannol said.

“Please, the government led by Samdech Techo as prime minister should think about democracy in Cambodia again – please don’t think only lose and win.”

Full story in Friday’s paper.

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