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CPP members urged to prepare for election

Ben Sokhean / Khmer Times Share:
The election will take place in May. KT/Mai Vireak

With a sub-national election approaching, the ruling CPP has called on its members to work hand-in-hand to promote its platforms.

In a letter dated Friday and released to the public yesterday, CPP vice president and Senate president Say Chhum asked the party committee to have the CPP and candidates registered across the Kingdom.

Mr Chhum said the CPP has to assign agents to observe the process of registration, election day and ballot counting.

“You must instruct commune councillors to register at commune offices and properly verify their names,” Mr Chhum said in the letter.

Mr Chhum said that all CPP members should work hard with solidarity.

“You must work hard to strengthen solidarity and remember party number on the ballots and ensure that you tick on it correctly,” he said.

He also urged the CPP members to disseminate platforms and achievements the CPP had.

“You must disseminate political platforms, policy, historic achievements and our reform,” he said.

The Kingdom will hold its third provincial, municipal and district council elections on May 26. The election campaign period will be held from May 17 to May 24, according to the National Election Committee.

All 11,572 commune councillors are expected to cast ballots. Political parties are expected to register candidates from March 7 to 11.

There are 559 seats up for grabs in Phnom Penh and the 24 provinces, while there are 3,555 seats up for grabs in all districts and cities across the country.

Kin Phea, director general of the Royal Academy of Cambodia’s International Relations Institute, said yesterday that the CPP is expected to win a landslide election because most commune councillors are CPP members.

“Even if [the CPP] does not pay attention to the council elections, it will still sweep the polls,” Mr Phea said. “You know why the CPP is working hard? Because it wants to show the public that it wins seats due to hard work and not from cheating or fake elections.”

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