Election campaigning starts

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Members of the Cambodian People’s Party in Battambang province gathering before rally at the first day of campaign. KT/Mai Vireak

Election campaigning began this morning (Saturday, July 7) with thousands of people gathering at Phnom Penh’s Koh Pich (Diamond Island) for a Cambodian People’s Party rally.

The National Election Committee has set three weeks for the 20 political parties registered for the election to campaign. Campaigning will end on July 27, two days before Election Day.

On the first day of the campaign, the CPP organised a huge campaign rally on Koh Pich at which Prime Minister Hun Sen (also chairman of the CPP) gave a speech at Koh Pich to the assembled 60,000 supporters. The PM praised the achievements of the ruling party and his government in the three decades following the civil war.

The CPP is expected to win the election as there is no major party to oppose the CPP, and the smaller parties struggle to gain votes. The oppositional CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) was dissolved in 2017.

Chan Samnang, a 52 year old farmer from Kandal province, arrived at Koh Pich city hall around 6:00 am. He is excited to be a CPP member and will certainly vote for the party.

“I like and respect Samdech Hun Sen. He saved the Cambodian people from the Khmer Rouge. He has worked very hard to develop Cambodia. I would not forget how much he has scarified for the nation. I don’t want a civil war again. Currently we live in peace. I believe the CPP government will lead the country better.”

Prum Ratha, a 22 year-old university student: “I notice the development of roads, schools and hospitals. Cambodia is moving forward … I will vote CPP.”

Waving the Cambodian flag from atop a truck young Ms Vattey is also full of praise for the PM, and thinks those who are not pro CPP are misguided.


Photos: Members of the Cambodian People’s Party in Battambang province gathering before rally at the first day of campaign


Photos: Members of the Cambodian People’s Party rally in Kampong Cham province at the first day of campaign. KT/Mom Sophon


Photos: Members of the Cambodian People’s Party in Svay Rieng province before rally at the first day of campaign. KT/Ven Rathavong


Photos: Members of the Cambodian People’s Party in Takeo province gathering before rally at the first day of campaign. KT/Chuop Sereyroth


Photos: Members of the Khmer Will Party gathering at the first congress in Phnom Penh. KT/Pech Sotheary


Photos: Members of the Grassroots Democratic Party gathering in Takeo province before rally at the first day of campaign. KT/Chuop Sereyroth


Photos: Prime Minister Hun Sen and other officials greets their supporters during an election rally in Koh Pich , Cambodia, 07 July 2018. The ruling Cambodian People’s Party started its political campaign. Twenty Cambodian political parties will be taking part in the upcoming National Assembly Elections, scheduled on 29 July 2018. KT/ Chor Sokunthea


Photos: CPP Rally in Battambang province. KT/Mai Vireak


Videos: Members of the ruling CPP rallying at the first day of Campaign at Svay Rieng province. KT/Ven Rathanvong


Video: Members of the ruling CPP rallying at the first day of Campaign in Battambang province. KT/Mai Vireak


Videos: Members of the ruling CPP rallying at the first day of Campaign at Kampong Cham province. KT/Khuon Narim


Videos: Members of the ruling Grassroots Democratic Party inviting monks for blessing before rallying at the first day of Campaign at Takeo province. KT/Chuop Sereyroth


Videos: Members of the Khmer Will Party rallying at the first day of campaign in Phnom Penh. KT/Pech Sotheary


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