We have not yet taken one single day off to enjoy our sweet moment of success.
SRP MPs and rank and files are off again walking through each single village in Cambodia to make last selections for the more than 20,000 candidates to field the party lists for the commune elections on June 3, 2012.
SRP is aiming to get at least 15% women and another 15% youth to run for SRP.
Deadline to file party lists: 3 March, 2012.
Always working against the clock.
January 29, 2012
SAM RAINSY PARTY SCORES SIGNIFICANT VICTORY IN SENATORIAL ELECTIONS
The Sam Rainsy Party (SRP) has achieved a notable success in senatorial elections today, Sunday January 29, with the number of SRP senators jumping from two to 11.
This result is the latest in a string of electoral successes legislative, communal, provincial and senatorial since the partys creation in 1995. The party has again confirmed its place as the second-largest in Cambodia, and the only political force capable of mounting a long-term challenge to the Cambodian Peoples Party (CPP), in power since 1979.
These senatorial elections are significant in several respects and should be understood in the following context:
– Only two parties were competing, the CPP and the SRP, the rest being too small to have a chance of winning a senatorial seat. The SRP is the only force which can provide a clear alternative to the CPP.
– The CPP controls the national committee that organises the elections, which makes all kinds of manipulation possible. The CPP controls all the television stations as well as the countrys administrative machinery, the police, the judiciary, as well as corrupt sources of finance. It does not hesitate to use these tools to weaken the SRP by harassment, intimidation and the buying of votes. This makes the oppositions success today all the more remarkable.
– Sam Rainsy, leader of the SRP, was forced into exile at the end of 2009 after a series of politically motivated judicial decisions. By decapitating the SRP and depriving it of its historic leader in Cambodia, the CPP thought it could destroy the only opposition of which it is really afraid. Todays results show, on the contrary, an SRP that is stronger than ever and a CPP that has lamentably failed in its anti-democratic effort, already condemned by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the European Parliament, human rights organisations worldwide and numerous friendly governments.
SRP parliamentarians demand reform of the current unjust electoral system, as recommended by Professor Surya Subedi, United Nations Special Rapporteur, and the return of Sam Rainsy for the communal elections of June 2012 and the legislative elections of July 2 013, in accordance with the spirit of the 1991 Paris Peace Accords on Cambodia.
SRP Members of Parliament