The deadline to register political party candidates comes to a close today after Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday asked all authorities to help facilitate registration for all parties that want to participate in the upcoming national election in July.
Hang Puthea, spokesman for the National Election Committee, confirmed that the 15-day window for registering candidates at the NEC ends today as planned, without any extension.
“So far, ten political parties have registered, and four parties have been officially recognised,” Mr Puthea said.
The Cambodian People Party, Cambodian Youth Party, Cambodian Nationality Party, and Khmer National United party were officially recognized so far, according to an NEC statement.
Seven other parties are in the process of depositing campaign funds at the National Treasury, it added.
Mr Hun Sen yesterday wrote on his Facebook page, requesting that all authorities help facilitate the process for political parties who want to participate in the national election on July 29.
“I appeal to all local authorities to help process relevant documents, such as signatures to certify that a person lives in that village, as well as criminal records, in order to help all political parties without discrimination,” Mr Hun Sen said.
“If our CPP can erect party logos in any location, then other political parties can, too,” Mr Hun Sen added.
The premier reiterated that multiple-party democracy remained alive, even though the CNRP was dissolved because of its wrongdoing.
“The death of one political party does not mean the death of multi-party democracy,” Mr Hun Sen said.
The CNRP was dissolved by the Supreme Court in November after its leader Kem Sokha was jailed on treason charges for allegedly conspiring with the US to overthrow the government through a colour revolution.
Mr Hun Sen on Saturday thanked the armed forces for sacrificing their lives to provide national security and protect sovereignty, especially in defeating people conspiring with a foreign country to topple the government.
“The treasonous rebel movement does not give up its ambition to destabilize the country, especially in attempting to destroy the electoral process,” Mr. Hun Sen said.
He said that the armed forces had a lot of duties to fulfil in order to guarantee security for the people and a favourable atmosphere for upcoming election campaigns.
Hang Vitou, a political analyst, said yesterday that the election process will run smoothly, adding that time has run out for any possible reinstatement of the opposition CNRP.
“The election is not illegal without the participation of the CNRP,” he said. “But we are wondering if the international community will recognize the result of the election.”
Mr Vitou added that he thinks the ruling CPP has galvanized a strategy to respond to the international community after the election on July 29.