The National Election Committee yesterday officially recognised all 20 political parties that registered to contest the upcoming national election on July 29.
Som Sorida, deputy secretary-general of the NEC, said the process was completed yesterday evening and that the NEC recognised all 20 parties that applied to field candidates.
“The NEC has concluded its work for officially recognising the 20 parties that registered,” he said.
The election body has now closed the registration process and announced that the campaign period will run from July 7 to 27.
Ou Chanrath, a former CNRP lawmaker, said he still has hope that his party can be resurrected before the election.
“The dissolution was politically motivated,” he said. “And if the ruling CPP listens to its compatriots, it will make sure the CNRP comes back to contest the election.”
The CNRP was dissolved by the Supreme Court in November and 118 of its senior members were barred from politics for five years following the jailing of its leader Kem Sokha on treason charges for allegedly conspiring with the United States to topple the government.
Sok Eysan, spokesman for the ruling CPP, said it is laughable that some are still holding out hope that the CNRP can be reinstated.
“It is a stupid view of some former opposition members because the electoral process is moving forward without them and without delay,” he said. “There is no sign of any political negotiation at all because they all killed themselves by violating the law.”