Khmer National United Party president Nhek Bun Chhay has warned party officials not to nominate relatives in the upcoming sub-national election.
In a meeting with party officials at the KNUP headquarters in Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changva district on Saturday, Mr Bun Chhay said candidates have to be screened and shortlisted by the party leadership based on merit and not nepotism.
He said KNUP has about 300 commune councillors across the country who will cast their ballots.
“If we nominate unqualified candidates, our officials will be upset and they will not vote for the candidates,” Mr Bun Chhay said, adding that all candidates’ names will be carefully reviewed.
“Avoid nepotism in the selection of candidates. The KNUP is not involved in corruption or exchanging favours to have someone chosen as a candidate or take someone out of the candidate list,” he said.
Cambodia will hold its third provincial, municipal and district council elections on May 26. All 11,572 commune councillors are expected to cast ballots. Political parties are expected to register candidates on March 7 to 11.
There are 559 seats up for grab in Phnom Penh and the 24 provinces, while there are 3,555 seats up for grabs in all districts and cities across the Kingdom.
KNUP spokesman Run Meatra yesterday said that party members will choose its candidates for the sub-national election.
“In the meeting, he [Mr Bun Chhay] asked all members not to be involved in nepotism in the listing and I agree,” Mr Meatra said.
Mr Bun Chhay also called on party officials not to do any activities deemed as opposing the government.
“Leaders in this meeting, when you go back, you must ask our commune level members not to do any activities against [the government] that divide our nation,” Mr Bun Chhay said. “KNUP’s stance is neutral.”
Mr Bun Chhay noted that he wants to see the KNUP merge with the Funcinpec party in a move to galvanise support.