More than 150,000 members of the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) gathered in a big rally at Koh Pich Convention and Exhibition Centre this morning, the final day of the 21-day election campaign, under the chairmanship of their President Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen.
On the occasion, the CPP president expressed his profound thanks to the international observer teams, especially those from the Centrist Democrat International (CDI), International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) and other foreign observers from Columbia, the Philippines, Iran, India, etc.
He also thanked his supporters for their continued support to CPP as well as to him at the post of Prime Minister. I promise, I will not let CPP fail and Cambodia come back to war or bloodshed as in the past. For nearly 40 years in power, our Cambodia is in full peace. I promise not to lead CPP with neither political nor moral misconduct, he underlined.
According to Samdech Techo Hun Sen, elections took place in some countries yesterday, especially in Pakistan. The election was conducted with violence, terrorism, but here (Cambodia), no violent act has been recorded yet. Since the first till the final day, the election campaign was held smoothly and peacefully despite some minor challenges with flash floods, he added.
I would like to re-announce that CPP will continue to maintain peace and development. When we have peace, we will have development, and the development will guarantee our peace sustainably, he said. To maintain peace, I would like to reconfirm that at any cost, CPP will continue to protect peace. We can lose anything, but not human lives.
The ruling party's president also noted the growing state revenue, stability of real estate during this parliamentary election compared to the previous ones. This is the result of our absolute respect of the rule of law, he stressed.
Samdech Techo Hun Sen went on to say that Cambodia's economic growth continues to remain stable at 7.7 percent on average while the poverty rate decreased to some 9 percent. The country's economy depends on the agriculture sector (20 percent), industry (30 percent), and services (45 percent). And if CPP wins the election, CPP will continue supporting investment on human resource training, infrastructure development, water resources, and electricity to further promote all these sectors.
Cambodia always sticks to democracy, we have never ever postponed the election. We always organise the election every five years since 1993, then in 1998, 2003, 2013 and this year 2018. We monitor regularly democratic practices every five years, said Samdech Techo Hun Sen.
At the end of his speech, Samdech Techo Hun Sen reminded his party members to end their election campaign by 10 pm today, and called on his compatriots not to drink alcohol a day before and on the election day, and asked all to go to vote on July 29, 2018 from 7 am to 3 pm.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press