Kampong Cham province – The Khmer National United Party says it hopes to gain three National Assembly seats in Kampong Cham province in the July 29 election as the party follows the neutral and national reconciliation path of the late King Norodom Sihanouk.
The party has not yet held a campaign march in the province but is distributing leaflets in some districts.
Yuos Im, provincial party executive director, said the party would win at least three of the ten National Assembly seats in the province because most party members were old and had struggled in the past.
“The Khmer National United Party is following the path of the late King Norodom Sihanouk to adhere to a policy of independence and neutrality,” he said.
Mr Im was once a member of the royalist Funcinpec party, but joined the KNUP when Nhek Bun Chhay split from Prince Norodom Ranariddh.
During the election campaign period thus far, the party has distributed leaflets in Batheay, Choeung Prey and Prey Chhor districts. It will hold a big campaign march on July 26 in Kampong Cham city.
“We hope voters will cast their ballots to choose our party because our political messages aim to serve all of the nation and people’s interests,” Mr Im said. “Khmer united together, Khmer win together, and villagers will turn to choose a new sign because it is their future.”
“I believe we will win at least three seats in Kampong Cham because I know the level of support,” Mr Im added.
He said some people’s hearts were still with the now-dissolved opposition CNRP, but some had asked to join the KNUP.
Nhem Vanna, 27, a new party member, said he joined the KNUP because he liked Mr Bun Chhay, who had fought for the nation and its people.
“He has a good track record of helping the nation and I hope the KNUP will win some seats at the National Assembly,” Mr Vanna said.
Villager Pech Chrel, 39, who lives in Batheay district’s Pa’av commune, said that this year people were subdued about the election.
“In 2013 there were a lot of people joining campaigns and marching along the streets,” Mr Chrel said. “People don’t care about political parties now.”
Chea Seng, 57, a fruit vendor in Kampong Cham city, said the situation was very quiet compared to the 2013 election.
Ms Seng said people still trusted the CNRP, but added that it was a good thing there was no opposition any more because it has led to less unrest that can effect her business.
“I do not pay much attention to politics,” she said. “I care only about my business to feed my children, but I am going to vote to fulfil my obligation as a good citizen.”