The National Election Committee said yesterday that three political parties standing for next week’s Senate election have done very little campaigning, while NGOs said it was a consequence of the main opposition party being dissolved.
According to an NEC press release, the three parties that have done very little campaigning are the Cambodian Youth Party, the Khmer National United Party and Funcinpec. Only the ruling CPP has been campaigning at their head offices throughout the country, it said.
“Please note that after nine days, these campaigns have been held in a calm, stable and non-violent manner without any complaints,” it read.
Sotheara Yoeurng, legal and monitoring officer at the Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia, said the three parties were barely campaigning because the CNRP, which won the second-highest number of seats in the 2017 commune elections, was dissolved.
“Another reason is the Senate election is a non-general election – normal citizens don’t take part in the electoral process,” he added.
Prominent political analyst Lao Mong Hay said people’s votes were seen as worthless after the dissolution of the CNRP.
The NEC has banned all political parties from campaigning on nine major boulevards in Phnom Penh, along with a slew of public spaces within the city prior to the upcoming Senate election on February 25.
Only four political parties are standing in the election: the ruling CPP, the Cambodian Youth Party, the Khmer National United Party and Funcinpec.