Cambodia PM to attend last day campaign for local elections

Source: Xinhua| 2017-05-23 23:21:04|Editor: yan
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PHNOM PENH, May 23 (Xinhua) -- Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said Tuesday that he will take part in an electoral campaign on June 2, the closing day of the two-week campaign for the June 4 commune elections.

"To show solidarity and support to the commune council candidates of the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) across the country, in the status of the CPP's president, I will join a procession during the closing of the election campaign in the upcoming time," he wrote on his official Facebook page.

"Campaigning and voting for the CPP are to continue maintaining peace and development in all fields," the prime minister said.

Twelve political parties will contest in the elections, with the ruling CPP and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) being the main contestants in the elections, according to the National Election Committee (NEC).

The commune elections are to elect commune chiefs and councilors for the kingdom's 1,646 communes, the NEC said, adding that around 7.87 million eligible voters are expected to cast their ballots.

Held once every five years, the commune elections are seen as a bellwether ahead of the general elections in 2018.

In the last commune elections in June 2012, the ruling CPP gained 61.9 percent of the votes, compared to 30.6 percent for the opposition.