Campaigning’s over, election’s ahead

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Communal officials line up to vote. Photo: KT/Siv Channa

The National Election Committee (NEC) announced on Friday, May 24, that campaigning for the third elections on the municipal, provincial and district levels w smoothly, without violence or complaints, from May 17 to May 24.

The last day for parties to campaign was Friday, May 24, and today (May 25) is “white” day – no political parties are allowed to perform any political activities.

The NEC proclaimed that it reminds all parties “… again that May 25 is a white day. All election campaigns are to stop 24 hours before Election Day.”

According to the NEC, seven political parties are registered for the election. They are: the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), the Khmer National United Party (KNUP), FUNCINPEC, the Cambodian Nationality Party (CNP), the Khmer Youth Party (CYP), the Khmer Will Party (KWP), and the Khmer Republican Party (KRP).

The Khmer Republican Party did not publicly campaign.

There are 559 seats up for grabs in Phnom Penh and the 24 provinces, 3,555 seats in the rest of the Kingdom’s districts and cities.

The third mandate election of municipal, provincial and district councillors will take place on May 26 at 228 polling stations across the nation, and only 11,572 commune/Sangkat councillors are eligible to vote.

NEC spokesman Dim Sovannarom said on Wednesday, May 22, that 1,010 observers from groups such as the Union of Youth Federations in Cambodia and NGOs will monitor the elections.

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