Election Campaign for the 6th General Elections Kicks Off

The 21-day election campaign for the 6th National Election kicked off this morning throughout Cambodia.

In Phnom Penh, the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) began their election campaign along with the celebration of its 67th founding anniversary with the participation of some 60,000 supporters under the presidency of its President Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen and its Honorary President Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samrin.

Addressing at the function, Samdech Techo Hun Sen highlighted the CPP's political agenda for the next mandate.

Voting for CPP means voting for national independence, national sovereignty, full territorial integrity and world-renowned Cambodia on the international stage; voting for CPP means voting for security, peace, stability and development; voting for CPP means voting for the continued improvement and enhancement of people's livelihoods!; and victory for CPP means victory for the People! underlined the CPP president.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen added that CPP leadership has adhered to a political and policy with clear and realistic objectives and long term and comprehensive vision to uphold some essential causes:

First �safeguarding Cambodia's independence, sovereignty and full territorial integrity as well as the prestige of the nation in the international arena; Second �struggling/fighting to liberate the people from the cruelty of Pol Pot's genocidal regime and preventing the return of the killings, tragedies, destructions and sufferings that can come back to torture Cambodian people once again; Third � struggling/striking to undergo through all hardships with all kinds of sacrifices to bring about peace, stability and full national reconciliation for the nation and people under One Constitution, One King and One Government in one Kingdom of Cambodia without any disunity and territorial separation into different self-governing regions; and Fourth � rehabilitating and developing the country as well as enhancing the living standards of the people towards prosperity through a step-by-step building of Cambodia's society with peace, stability and social order; firmly adhering to the principles of democracy, rules of law as well as respect for human rights and dignity; promoting sustainable, inclusive and equitable development, achieving interwoven social fabrics, having people with high education, sophisticated culture, decent livings in harmony both in the society and in the family,he said.

According to Samdech Techo Hun Sen, the CPP has announced and requested the compatriots for the support on Political Agenda for Building and Defending the Nation for 2018-2023, which serves as a compass in setting directions for the party in continuing to serve its nation and people for the next 5 years. This political agenda has set major strategic directions as follows: 1. Respect and defend the Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia, protect the Monarchy and all the national achievements to last forever, promote the multi-party liberal democracy and respect for human rights. 2. Protect the independence, sovereignty, and full territorial integrity and peace of the country without allowing anyone to violate and destroy them; and categorically oppose foreign interference in Cambodia's internal affairs. 3- Develop the Kingdom of Cambodia into a strong and advanced state based on the rules of law; ensure the law enforcement with equality for all citizens; each citizen has full rights and responsibilities to actively take part in building and defending the country. 4. Continue socio-economic development toward achieving a more prosperous country status with more resilient economic foundation in order to ensure that people have decent livelihoods and are living with dignity and free from poverty, illiteracy, diseases, exploitation, and violence in all forms. 5. Strengthen and enhance friendship and good cooperation between the Kingdom of Cambodia and all countries as well as with international organisations to promote the development of the country, expand the engagement of Cambodia for the cause of peace, security, stability and prosperity in the region and the world.

The election campaign will continue until July 27, while the Election Day will be on Sunday July 29, 2018.

Beside CPP, 19 other political parties, including Cambodian Youth Party, Cambodian Nationality Party, Khmer National United Party, FUNCINPEC Party, Khmer United Party, Grassroots Democracy Party, New Light Party, Beehive Social Democratic Party, League for Democracy Party, Khmer Anti-Poverty Party, Dharmacracy Party, Republican Democratic Party, Our Motherland Party, Khmer Rise Party, Khmer Economic Development Party, Khmer Will Party, Khmer Republican Party, Reaksmey Khemra Party, and Cambodia Indigenous People Democracy Party, will compete in the upcoming political race .

On the first day of election campaign, apart from CPP, the League for Democracy Party, FUNCINPEC Party, Khmer Will Party and Khmer National United Party also gathered their supporters and held a procession in the capital city.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press