The Our Motherland Party held its first Phnom Penh march yesterday after rallying in Prey Veng and Svay Rieng provinces.
Party president Chan Bunhorn said his party was contesting seats only in Phnom Penh, as well as Prey Veng, Svay Rieng, Kandal, Takeo, and Kampong Speu provinces.
He selected the six constituencies because of the number of party activists located there, he said. Mr Bunhorn added that after the march in the capital, his party would march in Kandal, Kampong Speu and other provinces.
Yesterday’s march took place along Monivong Boulevard to Kampuchea Krom Boulevard, and then along Street 271 to Kandal Stung district and back to the party’s headquarters.
“We hope we will receive some seats in the national election on July 29,” Mr Bunhorn said.
More than 200 people joined the march along with ten cars and trucks, about 20 motorbikes and five tuk-tuks.
Mr Bunhorn said that Cambodia had changed a lot, but some work was still not effective and some officials did not work responsibly.
“We are asking many people with knowledge to join in the work of society,” said Mr Bunhorn. “I believe that there are many people who have the will, but they do not dare to join.”
He said that Cambodia had come through a civil war, so everyone needed to join in the work because they could not allow powerful officials to decide the destiny of Cambodia.
“Cambodia has laws, so we must implement them and reduce corruption,” he said.
“Immigration laws are still not effective because they are not implemented well,” he added. “We must implement the immigration law strictly.”
He said the number of people who supported his party had increased and noted that changes could not be brought to the country in one day.
“Please consider thoroughly all leaders of political parties before selecting them,” he said. “If we select wrongly we will have problems.”
“So all Cambodian people need to join in to develop together,” he added. “Please all people go to vote because we can use our rights in the national election on July 29.”
Party member Sem Borin said he joined because the head of the party was a good person and the party had good policies.
“I appeal to the president of Our Motherland Party to help to develop Cambodia and help Cambodian people, especially poor people,” Mr Borin said. “I hope many people will support this party.”
Srey Phorn, 28, another supporter, said she backed the party because she thought it would help Cambodian people and help develop the country.
Everyone marching with the party had done so freely and had not been paid to take part, she added.
Vann Monisovan, a member of the Phnom Penh Election Committee in charge of legal services, said the Our Motherland Party would also march in Phnom Penh today and tomorrow. No other party was marching on the same days as the Our Motherland Party, he said.
“Until now, we have not had any complaint from political parties because the marches have gone smoothly,” Mr Monisovan said.