Five of the 20 political parties contesting the national election on July 29 held big marches in Phnom Penh on Sunday, with the ruling CPP attracting the most supporters.
Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng said 35,000 members and supporters of the CPP joined its march.
The Our Motherland Party had 500 members and supporters, while the the Khmer Republican Party had 400 and the Cambodian Youth Party 200. The Grassroots Democratic Party also had 500.
The parties marched along Samdech Sothearos Boulevard, Mao Tseng Tung Boulevard, Preah Monivong, Preah Sisowath, National Road 5, National Road 1, Phnom Penh-Hanoi Friendship Boulevard and other main roads.
Phnom Penh authorities had asked people planning to use these roads to find alternative routes to guarantee a good environment for the election campaign and equality for all parties, and to maintain security, safety, public order and to avoid traffic jams.
CPP members and supporters gathered on Koh Pich, where Senate president and CPP vice-president Say Chhum presided over a ceremony to mark the CPP’s third march in the capital. It will hold its last march on Friday before voting day on Sunday.
Yang Saing Koma, prime ministerial candidate for the Grassroots Democratic Party, said during his party’s march in Por Senchey district that the GDP would not withdraw from the election because of the support and encouragement it had received from the people.
Last week, party spokesman Sam Inn warned that his party would withdraw from the election if authorities did not cooperate with his party during the election campaign.
Prime Minister Hun Sen said on his Facebook page yesterday that Cambodia had developed. He thanked people who believed in the CPP and supported it in every election.
“I promise to protect the land and keep the peace for all compatriots for a long time in the future for all people and children to have more opportunities,” he said, urging people across the country to vote for the CPP.