PHNOM PENH, April 26 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia's National Election Committee (NEC) announced on Friday that it will begin to accept registration of political parties and candidates for a July general election from April 29 to May 13.
"Each political party is required to put a down payment of 15 million riel (3,750 U.S. dollars) at the NEC for the registration, " said a statement signed by the committee's chairman Im Suosdey on Friday.
It added that the down-payment will be returned to the party in case that the party gains at least 3 percent of the total votes, or earns one seat at the National Assembly.
Tep Nytha, NEC's secretary general, predicted Friday that less than 10 political parties out of the 43 political parties, which were registered at the Interior Ministry, would run for the forthcoming election.
Cambodia is scheduled to hold a general election on July 28. Some 9.67 million Cambodians are eligible to cast their ballots in the upcoming election.
Political analysts forecast that the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) of Prime Minister Hun Sen will dominantly win the election.
Late last month, Hun Sen also predicted that his party would win at least two-thirds majority in the poll.
Hun Sen, 62, has been in power for 28 years and vowed to stay in the office until he is 90.
In the last election in 2008, the CPP won 90 seats out of the 123 parliamentary seats, while the opposition totally won 29 seats, the royalist Funcinpec Party won 2 seats and the Norodom Ranariddh Party 2 seats.