POLITICS-ELECTION: Phnom Penh – PM: call for election boycott illegal

Prime Minister Hun Sen blasted former opposition leader Sam Rainsy for proposing that the upcoming national election on July 29 be boycotted if the dissolved CNRP is not reinstated to contest the poll.

The PM’s Facebook post on Friday May 4 said that three parties have thus far registered candidates with the National Election Committee (NEC), including his own.

Another six parties have confirmed their intent to join the election, and a total of 21 parties are expected to register with the NEC.

“The upcoming national election, on July 29, is very importance,” Mr Hun Sen said, “All appealing and propagandizing voters to boycott is illegal and violates the laws of the country.”  He did not mention anyone in particular, but last week Mr Rainsy repeatedly appealed to all voters to not take part in the election.

NEC spokesman Hang Puthea stated that anyone attempting to prevent citizens from voting can be fined, under law, between $1,250 and $5,000.

Civil societies monitoring the election and the NEC lashed out at former opposition leader Sam Rainsy for repeatedly calling for an election boycott; and last month Mr Hun Sen chided Cambodia Watchdog Council International for urging people not to vote. /Ven Rathavong / Khmer Times  Share:    

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