Banteay Meanchey province – Khmer National United Party officials are pinning their hopes on winning seats here, the birthplace of their president Nhek Bun Chhay.
The party held a rally and march in the province’s Phnom Srok district yesterday, presided over by Mr Bun Chhay and other senior party officials.
About 200 people took part in the march and used several cars and about 40 motorbikes to distribute copies of party policies in all six communes in Phnom Srok district.
Provincial party director Phuong Viney said that today the KNUP would march and distribute the party’s policies to people in Phnom Srok and Malai districts.
“We hope that KNUP will win one seat in Banteay Meanchey province because it was the birthplace of president Nhek Bun Chhay and he struggled here for a long time previously,” Mr Viney said. “I ask the people to please support the KNUP and let it develop the country and keep peace for Cambodian people forever.”
Tieng Sam Ang, a member of KNUP in Banteay Meanchey province’s Serei Saophoan city, said that he had once been a member of the Funcinpec party but after Mr Bun Chhay created a new party, he joined him.
“I joined the KNUP and I love the president Nhek Bun Chhay because he is an honest person and he understands his officials and he does not run away from his officials,” Mr Sam Ang said.
Mr Sam Ang added that he also hoped the KNUP would get at least one out of six seats up for grabs in the province.
Mr Bun Chhay said yesterday he had met party members in the morning and had noticed that a lot more people supported the KNUP now compared with before.
“Today I came to join my members in Phnom Srok district and yesterday I went to join my members in Poipet city, O’Chrou and Thma Puok districts,” he said. “I hope we will receive some seats in this mandate.”
He said he had told people they all needed to vote because it was very important to maintain democracy.
Mr Bun Chhay said he expected the KNUP to win seats in Banteay Meanchey, Siem Reap, Kampong Thom, Kampong Cham and Prey Veng provinces. In previous elections in these provinces, he got a high number of votes, he said.
Mr Bun Chhay was deputy commander-in-chief of the country’s military when Funcinpec shared power with the CPP during the 1990s.
In 2016, he left Funcinpec to launch the KNUP, which become the only party outside of the CPP and CNRP to win a commune chief post in the June 2017 commune elections.
After the commune elections, he was jailed on drug production charges linked to a 2007 case in Kampong Speu province. He was released on bail in late April.