The political parties contesting the June 5 commune council elections on May 21 officially kicked off the campaign season, ending June 3, presenting their policies and plans to the public to earn their support on polling day.
Public rallies, marches, and leaflets distributed in public places will become commonplace over the next couple of weeks, National Election Committee member Em Sophat remarked on May 20.
Citing election laws, Sophat explained that political parties are barred from using loudspeakers for two hours in the afternoon, from 12-2pm, or near hospitals, schools or educational institutions that are in session.
He added that pre-election polls can be conducted and results posted up until seven days before election day – or May 29.
Should parties carry out inter-commune campaign activities, they must inform the respective commune election committees, he noted.
And if such activities cross many communes, “the party has to inform both the commune and provincial election committees, for them to smooth the campaign process”, Sophat said.
Minister of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation Vong Soth, in his capacity as the head of the working group for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) for Ponhea Kraek district in southern Tbong Khmum province, attended the formal launch of his party’s campaign.
He asked CPP supporters to participate in the election with dignity. All candidates must respect the law and pertinent regulations, principles, procedures and ethics to ensure that the polls are held peacefully and safely, without fear or violence, he said.
Kampucheaniyum Party president Yem Ponhearith kicked off his campaign in Preah Sdech district of southern Prey Veng province. His party’s slogans included “clean commune chiefs actively serve the people” and “building a new future for our commune”.
Similarly, Candlelight Party president Teav Vannol and vice-presidents Tach Setha and Son Chhay launched their campaign in the capital.
According to the NEC, a total of 17 political parties are contesting the upcoming elections.