Constitutional Council Rejects Appeal by Candlelight Party and Khmer United Great Nation Party

The Constitutional Council of Cambodia has decided to uphold the decision of the National Election Committee (NEC) not to register the Candlelight Party and Khmer United Great Nation Party for non-compliance with the electoral laws, regulations and notifications of the NEC.

The Constitutional Council made the decision in its plenary session held here this morning under the chairmanship of its President H.E. Im Chhun Lim.

NEC has recently denied the registration of the two political parties because they failed to submit a certified copy of the certificate of registration of the political party issued by the Ministry of Interior as stated in the Article 27 of the Law on Election of Members of the National Assembly.

A total of 20 political parties have registered their parties and candidates with NEC to contest for the upcoming National Election, but only 18 have been approved.

Those registered political parties are the ruling Cambodian People’s Party, Cambodian Youth Party, Khmer United National Party, Dharmacracy Party, Democracy Power Party, Cambodian Nationality Party, Khmer United Party, Khmer Conservative Party, FUNCINPEC Party, Beehive Social Democratic Party, People Purpose Party, Ekpheap Cheat Khmer Party, Women’s Party for Women, Khmer Anti-Poverty Party, Khmer Economic Development Party, Cambodia Indigenous People’s Democracy Party, Grassroots Democratic Party, and Khmer Farmers Party.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse