In the run-up to national elections in July, TVK will
broadcast a series of interviews with representatives of all 11 competing
Cambodian voters said Tuesday they were optimistic about
watching the broadcasts, which will consist of one party given 10 minutes to
outline its platform and take questions from a TVK journalist.
Seng Ly, a high school teacher in Bantey Meanchey province,
welcomed the broadcasts, as they will benefit the voters who cannot read Khmer.
TVK is following a principle of "equity,"
according to a statement by the Ministry of Information and UNDP, which is
sponsoring the broadcasts.
The most time is reserved for established parties with
experience in previous elections and officials in government posts.
"The UNDP move is very unjust for the political parties
and violates the Cambodian electoral law and principle of equality," said
Ban Sophal, president of the nascent Society of Justice Party, who said he would
complain to the National Election Committee.
At least one voter welcomed the broadcasts, but said making promises on TV was not enough.
"News from the political parties is very interesting
for the voters, but I want all the political parties to keep their promises
from the election campaign," said Lay Ma, a farmer in Kampong Cham
province. "In the past, the political parties held very good
campaigns for the voters, but the implementation of their promises was