PHNOM PENH, May 23 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia's National Election Committee (NEC) is to print 12 million ballot papers for the general election on July 28, its Secretary General Tep Nytha told reporters Thursday.
He said the upcoming election would cost about 21 million U.S. dollars, which is under the responsibility of the government of Cambodia.
Eight political parties have officially registered with the NEC to run in the forthcoming election, which will be voted by some 9. 67 million eligible Cambodians, he said.
Three major parties among those registered are the ruling Cambodian People's Party of Prime Minister Hun Sen, the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party led by self-exiled leader Sam Rainsy, and the royalist Funcinpec Party headed by Princess Norodom Arun Rasmey, the youngest daughter of late King Father Norodom Sihanouk.
In the last election in 2008, the party of Prime Minister Hun Sen won 90 seats out of the 123 parliamentary seats, while the opposition totally won 29 seats, and the royalist group totally won 4 seats.
Political analysts predict that Hun Sen's party will definitely win the majority in the upcoming polls.
Hun Sen, 61, has been in power for 28 years and has vowed to stay in the office until he is 74.