Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Parties claim boycott call will gift CPP win

Parties claim boycott call will gift CPP win

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The Khmer Will Party holds its kick-off event for the campaign period in Phnom Penh. Heng Chivoan

Parties claim boycott call will gift CPP win

Opposition parties said yesterday that the court dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and its allies are handing a landslide victory to the ruling party, no thanks to their calls to boycott the July 29 national elections.

But refuting claims that it is counterproductive, the CNRP’s former vice president Mu Sochua said its work to encourage the boycott would continue.

Sochua told The Post via email that the court-dissolved party would continue to do its job. “[CPP president and caretaker Prime Minister] Hun Sen worries the most about a boycott. We will continue the call,” she wrote.

However, Sam Inn, secretary-general and spokesman of the Grassroots Democratic Party (GDP), which was created by leaders of well-known civil society organisations, considered the “Sleep At Home” or “Clean Fingers” movement as inadvertently helping the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP).

“The Sleep at Home campaign will create bad habits for Cambodian people in politics, especially towards voting. This campaign will help the CPP to win a landslide victory,” he said.

Inn said the opposition party “should immediately stop this campaign and urge the people to exercise their right to vote for change”.

Similarly, Kong Monika, president of the Khmer Will Party (KWP), a majority of whose candidates are former CNRP activists, believes the actions of former CNRP president Sam Rainsy went “contrary to democratic principles”.

“The dissolving of CNRP and the Clean Fingers movement illustrate a strong split in Cambodian society which is not good for the younger generation.

“It is time for veteran politicians to unite the nation through discussions, so people can live happily. They should place national interests above personal ones,” Monika said.

But Ou Chanrath, a former CNRP lawmaker, saw it differently: “In my opinion, what it (CNRP) did, some think opposes democratic principles. Does this election reflect democratic principles?

“National and international groups have said this election is controversial and some countries have said it is not a proper election,” he claimed.

Political analyst Meas Ny reiterated that going to vote was a personal choice. He claimed that if the turnout was high it would be a CPP victory. However, if it is low it would mean a victory for the CNRP.

“If few people show up at the polls, it would show the ruling party that a lot of people dislike it ... if 70 to 80 per cent show up at the polling stations it means that the CNRP’s claim that it has a lot of supporters is untrue,” Ny said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia unveils new quarantine regulations

    The government has modified Covid-19 quarantine requirements, shortening the duration for, among others, Cambodian officials, foreign diplomats and delegations, investors and inbound travellers in general. According to an official notice signed by Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng late on October 16, quarantine length for Cambodian

  • Cambodia sets new Covid-19 quarantine rules

    The government has modified Covid-19 quarantine requirements, shortening the duration for, among others, Cambodian officials, foreign diplomats and delegations, investors and inbound travellers in general. According to an official notice signed by Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng late on October 16, quarantine length for Cambodian

  • Hun Sen: Cambodia set to fully reopen

    Prime Minister Hun Sen concludes that the October 5-7 Pchum Ben public holiday, during which many people either flocked to their hometowns for family reunion or gathered at tourist attractions across the country, has not caused an outbreak of Covid-19. In a special address to

  • Will Evergrande change the way Chinese developers do business in Cambodia?

    China’s property sector policy has exposed the grim financial condition of real estate developers including those operating in Cambodia, which raises questions over the viability of their projects and business going forward The dark blue netting draping over one of Yuetai Group Co Ltd’

  • Cambodia voted ‘world’s friendliest country’ in Rough Guides reader poll

    Cambodia ranked number one among the “World’s Friendliest Countries”, according to a reader poll conducted by London-based international website “Rough Guides”. Taking submissions through Twitter and Facebook, “Rough Guides”, a well-known travel agency and publisher of guidebooks, said the Kingdom “was by far the

  • S’ville set to turn into ‘second Shenzhen’

    The Ministry of Economy and Finance has awarded a master plan consultancy contract to top Chinese institute for the development and transformation of Preah Sihanouk province into a “Model Multi-Purpose Special Economic Zone”, Southeast Asia’s next logistics and resort hub and innovation centre. The