[Editor's note: In the weeks leading into national
polls, VOA Khmer will explore a wide number of election issues. The
"Election Issues 2008" series will air stories on Tuesday and
Wednesday, followed by a related "Hello VOA" guest on Thursday. This
is the second in a two-part series examining the role of women in politics.]
Two of the three political parties with seats in parliament
have boosted the number of women candidates in their ranks for July's election.
The Cambodian People's Party added six candidates to its
ticket this election, up from 14 in 2003; the Sam Rainsy Party added three,
also up from 14 last election.
Observers say the parties recognized the value women
candidates can bring to the campaign.
The country needs parliamentary members who are women, said
Mu Sochua, top of the SRP list for Kampot province, because women know the
needs of women.
Ing Kuntha Pavy, CPP Minister of Women's Affairs, said women
know better than men how to run social affairs, as well as the household.
"Women have become a point of interest for political
parties," said Thida Khus, secretary-general of the Committee to Promote
Women in Politics, adding that she hoped more women would not only be
candidates, but be elected too.