The National Election Committee has set a two-week campaign period for the upcoming Senate elections on February 25.
The NEC issued a statement yesterday saying all parties would be provided equal time on state television network for campaigning from February 10 to 25.
“In order for the electoral campaign process to operate freely, fairly and with transparency, the National Election Committee has organised fair and equitable programmes for political parties and candidates,” the statement said.
The NEC has set roundtable discussions between candidates or representatives of political parties so they can disseminate their platforms national television between February 10 and 23.
“In addition, the NEC has decided to set up a coordinating committee to meet and discuss with state, private media and stakeholders to explain the guidelines and ethical procedures for the NEC’s electoral process,” the statement added.
NEC also issued some principles for private media to implement during the political campaign period, instructing broadcasters to give equal time to all parties.
“Owners of private radio and television stations who are willing to sell or rent hours for political parties to disseminate policies have to make a public announcement about prices and available time slots to all political parties and provide that information to the NEC,” the statement said.
Cambodia Youth Party president Pich Sros said his party had prepared video and print materials to participate in the electoral campaign.
He said his party’s working team had shot three short videos of five minutes each that focussed on issues of migration, youth unemployment, drug crimes and agriculture.
“We have already prepared to further disseminate our platform to voters to better understand the policies of the CYP,” he said.
Yoeurng Sotheara, an election monitor with Comfrel, said the dissemination of policies for the Senate election would likely not affect votes because the election was non-universal.
“It’s a non-universal election. The voters are politicians and active members of the parties, so in general, they will not vote for any party other than their own,” he said.
Only members of commune, district, provincial and municipal councils, and lawmakers, are eligible to vote in the Senate polls.
Four political parties are standing in the election: the ruling CPP, the CYP, the Khmer National United Party and Funcinpec.