A senior National Election Committee official said yesterday evening that an additional eight political parties have received their application forms to field candidates to contest the upcoming national election in July.
The official also said that other parties are completing their financial reports to submit to the National Treasury.
NEC spokesperson Dim Sovannarom said that one of the parties, the Grassroots Democracy Party, had already deposited campaign funds to the National Treasury.
Mr Sovannarom added that a total of nine political parties have now completed their National Treasury forms.
“There are 21 political parties that have taken the registration form for their candidates,” he said. “Three political parties have registered their list of candidates. Those parties are the Cambodian People’s Party, Cambodian Youth Party and the Cambodian Nationality Party.”
Mr Sovannarom urged all political parties willing to compete in the upcoming election to register on time as the deadline of next Tuesday looms.
According to a report by the Interior Ministry’s general department of administration released yesterday, a total of 38 parties have registered at the Interior Ministry.
Mam Sonando, president of the Beehive Democratic Society, said that his party is prepared to contest the election in July. He said that documents have been filled out and candidates were nominated for 25 provinces and the capital.
“My working teams have already brought the money and deposited it to the National Treasury. They required 15 million riels ($3,702), which was deposited yesterday morning,” he said. “As for the list of candidates, the list is still under review before submitting it to the NEC. We will wait for May 11 to submit the documents to the NEC.”
Korn Savang, Comfrel’s monitoring coordinator, said that the decision to compete in the election was in the hand of each political party that is looking to compete.
“The chance to compete in the election with that many political parties doesn’t mean that the election will be conducted smoothly and transparently,” he added. “Free and fair elections involve the participation of all stakeholders, including civil societies and political parties, in order to compete with each other.”