The National Election Committee yesterday called on political parties and election officials to ensure fairness in the upcoming sub-national council election.
Cambodia will hold its third provincial, municipal and district council elections on May 26. All 11,572 commune councillors are expected to cast ballots. Political parties are expected to register candidates on March 7 to 11.
There are 559 seats up for grab in Phnom Penh and the 24 provinces, while there are 3,555 seats up for grab in all districts and cities across the Kingdom.
“Political parties and relevant stakeholders must pay attention when doing their duties,” NEC vice chairman Nuth Sokhom said. “They must ensure the electoral process, especially by adhering to rules and regulations.”
Mr Sokhom noted in the first mandate, there were 375 seats up for grab, while the second had 393 seats up for grab.
“Our NEC officials will continue to work with political parties, NGOs and stakeholders in order to ensure success,” he said.
Ouk Kim Han, deputy cabinet chief of the Cambodian People’s Party, said the ruling party has prepared its candidates.
“The Cambodian People’s Party hopes to achieve huge results because we know those who will vote are current commune councillors,” Mr Kim Han said.
Funcinpec party spokesman Nop Sothearith said the party is currently drafting a shortlist of candidates.
“We are preparing to select those who are young and smart enough to run as a candidate during the election,” Mr Sothearith said. “We hope that we will get some seats because we also have current commune councillors.”
Last week, King Norodom Sihamoni signed off on an amendment to the law on municipal, provincial and district council elections, effectively increasing the number of local council seats.
One of the articles said that the number of councillors was defined based on number of people in a geographical area.