Cambodia Commune Council Elections Campaign Begins
Election campaigning began Friday for new local governing councils across Cambodia , an apparent effort to transfer more political power from the central government to the countryside.
Altogether 102,266 candidates, including 21,840 female ones, will compete for 11,353 seats in 1, 621 communes nationwide in Cambodia during commune councils election which will start on Friday, said a press release issued on Thursday.
During the 15-day polling process, a total of 7,799,371 registered voters will cast their votes at 14,428 polling stations in 24 provinces and cities, said the release from the National Election Committee (NEC).
A total of 86,568 officers, together with 13,080 national observers and 117 international ones, will supervise the polling process at all the stations, it said, adding that 12 political parties have joined the election. Among them, the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) will compete in 1,621 communes, the Sam Rainsy Party in 1,596 communes, the Funcinpec Party in 1,460 communes and the Norodom Ranariddh Party in 1,431 communes, it said.
The election, scheduled for April 1, will choose councils to administer 1,621 communes and sangkats, which are clusters of villages and urban neighborhoods.
Twelve political parties fielding a total of 102,266 candidates are competing in the elections, which are held every five years. Trucks carrying party supporters and draped with political banners wound their way through the streets of the capital Phnom Penh. Supporters chanted their campaign messages through bullhorns to woo voters.