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Subnational Election Campaigning Continues

  • Suy Heimkhemra
  • VOA Khmer

An unidentified Cambodian woman sticks out her head as she tries to cast her ballot at a polling station in Phnom Penh, file photo.

An unidentified Cambodian woman sticks out her head as she tries to cast her ballot at a polling station in Phnom Penh, file photo.

Council elections quietly continued in Cambodia on Monday, with five parties hoping to place leaders within sub-national positions.

This is the fourth day of campaigning, for an election that is undertaken by about 11,500 members of commune councils, and not by the general public, to place officials within provincial, district and urban leadership positions.

The ruling Cambodian People’s Party has undertaken a number of campaign events, but opposition officials from the Cambodia National Rescue Party say they are focusing on educating commune council members to vote in a way that serves the public.

“Because it is not a national election, our main focus is on members of commune councils who are given the right to vote,” Rescue Party spokesman Yim Sovann said. “We want them to know that they should vote for parties that people like.”

Other parties in the election include Funcinpec, the Republican Democracy Party and the League for Democracy Party. Most of them have members and supporters scattered throughout the country in an effort to educate commune councilors about their parties’ policies.

“We just rented tuk-tuks with amplifiers to deliver our party’s messages to people in markets and crowded places,” said Kem Veasna, head of the League for Democracy Party, which focused on Siem Reap province.

Campaigning will end May 16, after which the vote will be held.
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