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Seven parties register to contest upcoming polls

Khuon Narim / Khmer Times Share:
NEC officials register candidates. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The National Election Committee yesterday said that seven political parties have registered to contest May’s sub-national election.

In a statement, the NEC said the Cambodian People’s Party, Funcinpec Party, Khmer National United Party, Khmer Republican Party, Cambodian Youth Party, Khmer Will Party and Khmer Nationality Party have submitted their lists of candidates.

NEC spokesman Hang Puthea said that the registrations were made during the five-day process which started on Thursday and will end today.

“When the deadline ends, political parties which have not registered will not be able to take part in the election,” he noted. “Cambodia remains committed to multi-party democracy as can be seen by the number of parties which have registered so far.”

The Kingdom will hold its third provincial, municipal and district council elections on May 26. All 11,572 commune councillors are expected to cast ballots.

There are 559 seats up for grabs in Phnom Penh and the 24 provinces, while there are 3,555 seats up for grabs in all districts and cities across the country.

Run Meatra, spokesman of the Khmer National United Party, yesterday said that he hoped KNUP will gain some seats even though the party cannot defeat the ruling CPP.

“We are fielding candidates from provinces and districts who we think have a good chance of winning seats,” he said. “We have enough commune councillors to help our party candidates to win seats.”

He noted that KNUP is fielding candidates to contest elections in 16 provinces.

Mr Meatra, however, acknowledged that his party did not have many commune councillors unlike the CPP.

Last week, CPP vice president and Senate president Say Chhum instructed the party to ensure that it registers candidates to contest in all seats at the sub-national election.

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