Forty-four political parties are registered to legally conduct activities in the Kingdom, according to an Interior Ministry report.
The report, obtained by Khmer Times, said six new parties were registered last year, bringing the total to 44.
Twenty out of the registered 44 contested the July 2018 national election in which the CPP dominated all other parties by sweeping all 125 seats in the National Assembly.
Chhim Kan, director of the Interior Ministry’s department of associations and political parties said that all registered political parties are required to submit their annual activities and financial reports as well as detailed bank accounts to the ministry.
“The reports we ask for from registered political parties are necessary to determine if the parties are conducting their activities throughout the year,” Mr Kan said. “By doing so, the government is able to track illegal movement behind a registered political party.”
Mr Kan said that a political party must submit its annual report about their activities to the ministry every year, otherwise they would be dissolved.
“If they do not follow this, we would warn that party and fine them for the first year. For the second year, without warning, the fine will be double and for the third year, the party will be dissolved by the court,” Mr Kan added.
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