The National Election Committee yesterday said that three out of seven political parties registered for the sub-national elections will kick off their campaigns on the main streets in Phnom Penh over the weekend.
In a statement, the NEC noted that the ruling Cambodian People’s Party is scheduled on Friday to gather at Koh Pich exhibition centre with about 3,500 party members.
The Cambodian Nationality Party is hosting a gathering of 50 members at its headquarters in Stung Meanchey commune and rally to designated roads while 80 members of the Khmer Will Party will gather on Norodom Boulevard and march on the streets.
Pa Socheatvong, Cambodian People’s Party Member Committee chairmen, yesterday said in a statement that after the meeting, the party members would march to the targeted areas in 14 districts to conduct voter-attracting activities.
“I appeal to the authorities to ensure safety and security for our campaign,” he said.
The NEC’s statement said that seven political parties are to conduct their activities from 6am until 2pm during the eight-day campaign period, from Friday to May 24.
Each political party is allowed to march or rally on public roads twice during the campaign period and the use of loudspeakers, holding marches or rallies near hospitals or schools while classes are being held is forbidden.
Election campaigning activities must cease for two hours during lunchtime, and must end altogether 24 hours before Election Day, the NEC noted.
National Police spokesman Lieutenant General Chhay Kim Khoeun yesterday said police would be deployed across the country to ensure public security and prevent social unrest.
“Provincial police chiefs were already instructed to deploy officers in areas where protection is needed,” he said. “I cannot reveal how many officers will be deployed this time because we do not want anyone to spoil our plans or cause chaos.”
Major General Ath Khem, Banteay Meanchey provincial police chief, yesterday said police have been instructed to look out for people who pose as officers in an attempt to cause problems.
“It’s important for police to prevent such people who fake their identities to join campaigns or cause problem to parties,” he said.
Cambodia’s third provincial, municipal, and district council elections are on May 26. There are 559 posts to be filled in Phnom Penh and the other 24 provinces, and 3,555 in the districts and cities across the Kingdom.