|Posted by European Council on International Relations on June 17, 2018 at 3:50 AM|
As the people of Cambodia are preparing to go to the urns to elect their leaders in what was generally described as the freest and most open electoral competition the country`s top election watchdog: National Election Committee (NEC) hailed the prospect of multi-party democracy with the registration of 20 parties for a July general election.
“Now, we have 20 political parties registered, this shows a multi-party democracy,” NEC spokesman Dim Sovannarom told a news briefing.
Prime Minister of Cambodia, Academician HUN SEN had insured an open and competitive climate for the July 2018 elections earning him global plaudits.
“This is an opportunity for people, in every five years, to chose their leaders,” he added.
Twenty political parties registered to participate in the upcoming national election in July as the 15-day window to register candidates came to an end yesterday.
Dim Sovannarom, spokesman for the National Election Committee, said during a press conference yesterday that 20 political parties have registered to contest the election on July 29.
“In total, 20 political parties have registered at the NEC,” Mr Sovannarom said. “The NEC will carry out its duty according to the law to ensure the electoral process is free and fair.”
Mr Sovannarom said that four political parties, Cambodian People’s Party, Cambodian Youth Party, Cambodian Nationality Party and Khmer National United Party, were officially recognized by the NEC so far.
He said that the NEC will follow its procedure to review the documents of the other 16 political parties that have registered.
Mr Sovannarom said that 20 parties are taking part in the election on July 29, noting that eight political parties took part in the 2013 election.
“It showcases that multiple-party democracy is flourishing,” Mr Sovannarom said. “We are walking on the road of multiple-party democracy to hold the election on July 29.”
Among the recognized parties are the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) of Prime Minister Samdech Academician Hun Sen, the royalist Funcinpec Party of Prince Norodom Ranariddh, and the Grassroots Democracy Party.
The Southeast Asian nation is scheduled to hold a national election for the 125-seat parliament on July 29 and approximately 8.3 million Cambodians are eligible to cast their ballots.
Speaking during a get-together with thousands of garment factory workers in southwestern Kampong Speu province, Academician Hun Sen renewed his call for the people to vote in the forthcoming election, saying it would be the only chance for them to elect their leaders once in every five years.
According to the NEC, the three-week electoral campaign will start from July 7 to 27 2018 and according to international observers the poll is promising to respect the principles of free, fair and transparent elections.
National Election Committee of Cambodia in the process of registering political parties candidatures.
Political parties contesting the July 2018 Cambodia`s General Elections
Khmer National United Party
Our Motherland Party
Ponleu Thmey Party
Cambodian Nationality Party
Khmer Rise Party
Beehive Social Democratic Party
Grassroots Democracy Party
Republican Democratic Party
Reaksmey Khemra Party
League for Democracy Party
Khmer Republican Party
Khmer Anti-Poverty Party
Khmer Economic Development Party
Cambodian Youth Party
Khmer Will Party
Cambodia Indigenous Democracy Party
Khmer United Party
Cambodian People’s Party
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