In a move to transition political power from the national government to local governing councils, the election campaign has started last Friday.
According to a press release Thursday, more than 100,000 candidates will vie for the 11,353 seats in various commune councils in the country. Of these numbers, women representation is at 21,840. During the polling process, a turn out of 7,799,371 voters are expected to troop to 14,428 polling precincts and vote for their chosen candidate.
The schedule for the elections is set on April 1. At this time, voters are expected to choose councils to represent the 1,621 sangkats and communes. Officers numbering at 86,568 are supervising the entire polling process to ensure that everything goes smoothly. Observers both local (13,080) and international (117) are expected as well.
The election, which is held every 5 years, is participated by 12 political parties with a total of 102,266 candidates. Each political party will compete in a number of communes as follow:
- Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) – 1,621 communes
- Sam Rainsy Party – 1,596 communes
- Funcinpec Party – 1,460 communes
- Norodom Ranariddh Party – 1,431 communes
Streets in Phnom Penh, the country’s capital, are busier than ever with throngs of party supporters chanting their campaign platforms and carrying political banners going around the city.