Five political parties over weekend began their election campaigns with rallies across Phnom Penh, spreading their missions to potential voters in a bid to secure support.
The Phnom Penh Election Commission reported yesterday evening that five parties – the CPP, League for Democracy Party, Khmer National United Party, Khmer Will Party and Funcinpec – carried out rallies across the capital during the first two days of the campaign season. Other parties are planning to hold rallies in Phnom Penh on July 10.
The municipal election commission report said that the CPP rally included 100,000 supporters, while the LDP came in second in regards to participants. Other parties held rallies in front of their head offices in the city and distributed leaflets.
National Election Committee spokesman Hang Puthea said yesterday that party officials cooperated and followed NEC regulations. Mr Puthea added that there were no clashes between supporters over the weekend.
However, he noted that two incidents did occur, leading to two arrests.
“The first incident got a man arrested, but that was over family issues, while in the second incident, two men sneaked into a CPP rally to get gasoline money,” he said. “These two cases aren’t considered campaign issues.”
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday published a message on his social media page urging voters to re-elect him.
“I pledge to continue with all my best to ensure peace, security and sustainable development in order to provide all Cambodians with a better living conditions,” Mr Hun Sen said.
KWP president Kong Monika yesterday urged people to cast ballots in the upcoming poll in a massage on his Facebook page.
Mr Monika, the youngest son of former Sam Rainsy Party president Kong Korm, said that former opposition CNRP members should support the KWP. “For those who wish for real democracy and real justice, vote for the KWP. We are just like the CNRP,” he said. “We cannot wait for the party to return, and the KWP and CNRP have the same goals.”
Mr Monika added that people need to vote regardless of the existence of an opposition party.
There are 12 National Assembly seats being contested by 20 political parties in the capital for the July 29 election.