Cambodian PM calls for people to vote for ruling party in forthcoming commune election

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/3/27 12:53:07

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen on Monday called for the country's eligible voters to cast their ballots for the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) in the commune election on June 4.

"I'd like to thank the people for always voting for the CPP and hope that they will continue to vote for the CPP," he said during a high school inauguration ceremony in eastern Kratie province. "Voting for the CPP is to ensure continued peace and development."

Meanwhile, the prime minister appealed to the authorities to strengthen security and social order to ensure a free and fair election, and to the political parties to comply with rules set out by the National Election Committee (NEC).

He added that to avoid disputes, political parties should promote their respective political platforms only, not verbally attacking the others.

According to the NEC, 12 political parties have registered their candidates for the upcoming commune election.

Major parties are the ruling CPP, the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, and the royalist Funcinpec Party.

According to the NEC, some 7.87 million Cambodians have registered to cast their ballots in the forthcoming election to elect commune chiefs and councilors for the country's 1,646 communes.

The commune election, held once in every five years, is the kingdom's second largest election after the general election.

In the last commune election in June 2012, the ruling CPP swept 1,592 of the country' s 1,633 commune chief seats at that time, followed by the opposition party with 40 seats and the royalist Funcinpec Party with one seat.


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