Campaigning began in earnest in the provinces Thursday, with
large and small parties employing separate strategies to capture the attention of
VOA Khmer reporters in Battambang, Kampong
Cham, Pailin, Siem Reap and Kampot provinces, reported party rallies and meetings in provincial capitals and canvassing of smaller
In Battambang, the Cambodian People's, Funcinpec, Norodom
Ranariddh, Sam Rainsy and Society of Justice parties organized convoys of
trucks, cars and motorcycles stocked with supporters, projecting political
messages from loudspeakers. Every party campaigned in the province except the
Khmer Anti-Poverty Party.
In Kampong Cham, only Funcinpec and NRP held mass gatherings
in the capital, driving through downtown Kampong Cham, crossing each other's
path once, without incident.
In Pailin, only the CPP showed a presence, holding a meeting
at their municipal headquarters before amassing a rally on the street. The
CPP's campaign was then divided into small groups to spread throughout villages
in the afternoon.
Three parties gathered in Kampot town, SRP, Funcinpec and the
Human Rights Party. The CPP planned to hold a rallies Friday in Kampot and Kampong Cham.
Minor parties chose to forego the main towns, holding
instead small rallies in villages and communes in Battambang, Kampong Cham and
In Siem Reap, the biggest rally was held by the CPP, with
loudspeaker convoys, whose vehicles carried slogan banners, passing through the
streets of the main town. The SRP held a rally at its provincial headquarters,
with small groups afterward passing through villages.
Funcinpec had a limited
presence in Siem Reap on opening day, as minor parties distributed leaflets in villages.