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Five parties to wrap up campaigns in Phnom Penh

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The election campaign period ends on Friday with five parties holding rallies in the capital ahead of Sunday’s vote. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Five political parties will hold final campaign marches in the capital on Friday, the Phnom Penh Election Committee said yesterday.

The Cambodian People’s Party, Khmer Rise Party, League for Democracy Party, Cambodian Nationality Party and Funcinpec Party will conduct their final marches following approval by the city’s election committee.

City election committee member Vann Monisovan said yesterday that the five parties will hold simultaneous marches in the capital.

“The CPP is planning to gather on Koh Pich on Friday,” Mr Monisovan said, adding that the party will use 3,000 cars and 58,000 motorbikes.

He added that KRP will be joined by 380 of supporters in Camko city in Tuol Kork district with 20 cars and 110 motorbikes and tuk-tuks.

The LDP will host 50,000 people at two places in Phnom Penh, he said, one at the Ly Yong Phat bridge and another in Meanchey district. The party is expected to utilise 500 cars, 800 tuk-tuks and 20,000 motorbikes.

The CNP will host 20,000 people at Freedom Park in Russei Keo district, and will use 100 cars and 5,100 motorbikes and tuk-tuks. Funcinpec will hold their march with 1,500 people near Sokha Hotel in Chroy Changva district. The party will use 50 cars, 20 tuk-tuks and 5,100 motorbikes.

Mr Monivosan noted that the campaign period has so far been smooth, with no reported incidents of violence. He said that parties must continue to uphold peace and civility.

“It’s so far been smooth here in Phnom Penh; we haven’t received any complaints,” he said. “I am appealing to all political parties to be ethical.”

Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng said yesterday that the parties will march along 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. Mr Sreng suggested that people find alternative routes if travelling.

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