|CNRP's Campaign in Phnom Penh (image Sam Rainsy's Facebook)|
|CPP's troops blocked CNRP's campaign procession in Kompong Cham (image Cambodia Daily)|
In this unusual municipal election campaign though five political parties registered to contest, only one party, CNRP, has swept its aggressive election campaigns throughout the country. The CNRP, which has still challenged the previous national election result with the CPP, uses this opportunity to reclaim that its still gains stronger support from youths and all levels of people, and such a momentum never die down any time soon unless the current perverted regime changed. Despite those commune councilors are more likely to vote with their party line, the showcase of CNRP's popularity will affect some CPP's members who can weather temptation from their superiors to have a second thought how their votes would affect the people's life and the fate of the nation. However, the CPP which flagrantly has experiences in intimidation and vote buying not only with its own members but with all other parties, there are not much chances for its councilors to switch their allegiances. But any fractional number of the CPP's members who dare to vote for the CNRP will prove the CPP's fate in the near future.
It has been so surprised to many people since at this municipal election campaign the CPP has chosen not to launch any campaign while its main rival, the CNRP, has swept its campaign across the nation. Instead of election campaign, the CPP has shown up its forces, deploying polices and military personnel to intimidate and disrupt the CNRP's campaigns. On the first day of election campaign many CNRP supporters were beaten up by security forces when they tried to reach a forbidden Freedom Park. In Campong Cham and Prey Veng Provincial Towns, military personnel carrying AK-47 and on military vehicles stopped and intimidated the CNRP's campaign processions toward the inner cities. In Kompong Chnang Provincial Town, the City Governor used loud speaker on rented vehicles to disrupt the CNRP's campaign rally, urging people not to join the opposition rally and accusing them of inciting unrest and calling them "Puok Akatek" no conscience people or reactionaries--a typical communist rhetoric against their enemies.
For the CPP, an absence of its election campaign doesn't mean it gives up since this election is a predictable result-election. The CPP strongly expected that its more than 8,000 councilors would vote for their party as they had done previously. Such an assurance is confirmed by power and money. Through past experiences the CPP's low and high ranked members rarely defected to join other parties, for fearing of their personal repercussion: losing jobs, title, status, and even death threats. furthermore, money is a simple mean to buy them out, for the councilors who receive salary less than $100 a month, it is too hard for them to escape from such a temptation. As Cheam Yeap, a senior CPP member, had confirmed with Phnom Penh Post that all CPP's councilors were rewarded with undisclosed amount of money during the Khmer New Year for their hard work and loyalty to the party as the municipal election is drawing closer. Therefore, the CPP doesn't need to spend moneys on the campaign but to save those moneys to buy them out is much easier.