Next municipal elections, a lucrative business for printing companies

With political campaign merchandise playing an important role in the upcoming communal elections, political parties are rushing to print shops to quickly order their party wear, especially t-shirts, caps, banners, flags and stickers emblazoned with the logos of the left.

The election boom has hit print shops, with political parties even heading to a small, inconspicuous outlet so they can get their orders in quickly to kick off their campaigns.

Print shops, on the other hand, are taking advantage of this opportunity to take as many orders as possible by hiring additional staff and working long hours to fill the orders.

Some political parties have printed their T-shirts, hats, national and party flags for the launch of the local council election campaign on May 21 but they refuse to disclose the money spent on them as well as the allocation budget for the campaign

Along Preah Norodom Boulevard, south of the Independence Monument, many t-shirt printing shops are busy, unlike any normal day, as they rush to carry out election orders and more arrive as they approach the launch of the campaign.

Bou Sarom, owner of a five-star t-shirt printing business near the Independence Monument, said yesterday it was no different to the previous election rush with customers coming to print t-shirts.

She added that they are busy with orders ranging from T-shirts, hats and national flags to RPC flags and the party is printing between 30,000 and 50,000 T-shirts and hats and around 20,000 national and party flags. , but she declined to reveal the total cost of the orders.

She said it would take them three months to deliver the goods because there is a lot of work to do.

Having been in the business for over 20 years, she said she only prints CPP t-shirts because she already had the party template and it made her job easier.

Another print shop owner, who does not want his name revealed, said he accepts orders from all political parties and does not believe in discrimination against any party.

“Many political parties come to my shop to print the party t-shirts, but for this term only one order from the CPP has arrived,” he said, adding that he considers it a business.

CPP spokesman Sok Eysan said yesterday that he did not have an estimate of the party’s total expenditure because the communal and provincial working groups were responsible for their purchases.

He said the CPP has already printed T-shirts, hats, national and party flags for the six million members and is currently preparing and finalizing election details.

The CPP’s spending on communal elections for this term might be lower than in previous terms as the party has to budget for the next national elections in 2023. On the other hand, the CPP has to save money as part of the money will be used in the campaign against Covid-19, he said.

“The CPP plans to assign the task of organizing the campaign to party task forces in the provinces to help facilitate the work of senior party leaders,” he added.

Nhek Bun Chhay, chairman of the Khmer United National Party (KNUP), said yesterday that KNUP had printed 15,000 T-shirts, 15,000 hats, 160,000 flyers and 10,000 national and party flags, and the party plans to print more if needed.

He added that they will distribute the articles to the communes where the candidates are running so that they can use them for the campaign.

“As for the budget, I cannot know for sure, because we have to print more documents. We always prepare the campaign budget, such as gasoline, cars or motorbikes, and food expenses during the campaign,” he added.

Candlelight Party (CP) General Secretary Lee Sothearayuth said yesterday that he also could not disclose the amount at this time as all expenses will be handed over to provincial CP party officials.

He added that CP handed over the money to the CP Provincial Party Task Force to manage and allocated between $10,000 and $100,000 depending on small or large province for the campaign. and elections.

Funcinpec spokesman Nhoeun Raden said yesterday that they had already printed T-shirts, hats and national and party flags and handed them over to provincial and district officials as per their request. .

“We are careful about our expenses in this election campaign because we have to keep the money for the national elections in 2023,” he added.

  • Keywords: municipal election, printing works

Joan D. Boling