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Keep believing, CNRP women told

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Opposition leader Kem Sokha with some of the female members of his party. KT/ Chor Sokunthea

The CNRP yesterday urged its members to have faith in a rosier future.
Party president Kem Sokha told 103 female candidates in next month’s commune elections that the occasion was an opportunity for them to change society.
Addressing a rally at party HQ in Meanchey district’s Chak Angre Loeu commune, Mr Sokha said the CNRP was driven to end long-suffering pain felt by activists and party officials.
“I appeal to CNRP’s leaders and especially our female members and female commune candidates to remember that we might be suffering now but in future, when we are the country’s leaders, we will end the pain and become a success for our all people,” said Mr Sokha.
He promised that if elected the CNRP would increase communes’ power.
“We will give communes more power, a higher budget and good services,” he said. “That is the message CNRP will send to voters. We want a country with a real democracy.”
Mr Sokha urged election candidates and activists to show restraint in the face of abusive, even threatening, treatment from opponents.
The party’s core message was one of reconciliation. “Dear candidates, do not use bad language and do not incite violence,” he said. “I vow that when CNRP wins, there will be no revenge.”
Sin Chanpeourozet, 32, a popular CNRP candidate in Battambang city’s O’Char commune, said she is worried she could be imprisoned when she appears at Battambang provincial court next Tuesday to answer a second summons relating to a land dispute.
“Even if I am detained on May 23 do not fear. It will only increase our vote,” she said. “Our local support is growing. In 2012 we got three seats out of 13 in O’Char commune. This time we will get eight.
“The nation faces very big problems. Only the CNRP can develop the country like other developed countries.”
She claimed without basis that the reason the CPP won previous commune elections was because the system was flawed and voters were not sufficiently informed about the parties’ policies.
Ms Chanpeourozet added on her Facebook page that she had received anonymous death threats in 2014 and 2015 and had filed a complaint with the court, but it had failed to act.
Phon Sok Huoy, 28, a candidate in Prey Veng province, said she was standing for election to fight back against threats and discrimination by the CPP.
CPP spokesman Sok Eysan said the party will go into the election with 13 key policies aimed at maintaining peace and growing prosperity in the country.
“Only the CPP loves peace,” Mr Eysan said. “We will take action against anyone who doesn’t accept the result of the election. They only seek to cause disorder and chaos.
“We cannot allow them to do what they did after the national election in 2013; to protest the result of the election just because they lost it.”
Mr Eysan said the CNRP could not claim to have cornered the female market, since the CPP also had a large number of women standing for election next month.

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