Svay Rieng province – In a bid to retain two seats here given to them following the dissolution of the CNRP, Funcinpec members are hoping that their message of poverty reduction will resonate among voters.
In the 2013 national election, the CPP won three out of five seats in the province, losing two to the CNRP. Following the CNRP’s dissolution, Funcinpec was awarded the two vacant seats.
Funcinpec party representative Chhorm Chhay said yesterday that members are aiming to attract voters through the party’s poverty reduction policy championed by Prince Norodom Ranariddh.
“If we win, Prince Ranariddh would create a bank with low or no interest rates in order to avoid people migrating for work,” he said.
More than a dozen Funcinpec members distributed policy leaflets in communes throughout Chantrea district yesterday, peddling the poverty reduction scheme.
Mr Chhay said that they began campaigning in each commune in the district on Tuesday.
“We want people to understand our policy and our strategy,” he said. “Under the leadership of Prince Norodom Ranariddh, we will be victorious in 2018.”
He added that party members are required to engage with voters in their own communes in the district.
The party is aiming for the implementation of a series of mechanisms suggested by Prince Ranariddh in order to reduce poverty.
Mr Chhay added that Funcinpec can take care of farmers by helping them sell their produce. As for the unemployed, he said that jobs should be provided to the youth so that they could help their family.
“We would facilitate for the youth to be employed in government offices,” he said.
Mr Chhay predicted that former CNRP supporters would vote for his party because of a sense of shared history.
“Basically, we are open for all people who support the monarchy. We focus on the royalists who voted for Prince Ranariddh in 1993, and later voted for a party that has been dissolved,” Mr Chhay said, referring to the CNRP.
Mr Chhay said that he met many former CNRP supporters, and said that they would vote for Funcinpec after understanding the unification and indiscrimination policies of the party.
In two vehicles decorated with the Funcinpec logo and with speakers attached, Funcinpec members also called for all citizens to vote in the upcoming election.
Other members rode their motorbikes and handed out leaflets and stuck posters on trees in the commune.
“Marching just portrays the strength of a party, but distributing leaflets will make our policies known to all people in area,” Mr Chhay said. “So, our strategy is to visit people’s homes which is better than marching.”
Reach Tean, a villager in the commune, said that only the CPP and Funcinpec have campaigned in her community. “I know only these two parties, and I haven’t decided who to vote for yet,” Ms Tean said. “Regardless of who wins the election, I just want things to be the way they are right now.”