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Poll candidates kicked off list

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NEC president Sik Bun Hok says poll measures are robust. KT/Mai Vireak

The National Election Committee has barred 88 candidates from standing in the commune elections for a variety of odd reasons.
Seven parties have had candidates stood down: the CPP, CNRP, Funcinpec, the Khmer National United Party, the Beehive Social Democratic Party, the League for Democracy Party and the Cambodian National Party.
The NEC said 63 of the barred candidates were under the minimum age of 25 and the other 21 were either not affiliated to a party, trying to stand in two different communes, or even registered as being officially dead.
CPP spokesman Sok Eysan accepted the NEC’s decision but said that submitting a perfect list of candidates had been a difficult task.
“There were some records our local officers did not thoroughly check and some of them were not fully aware of all candidates’ details,” he said.
“These were small mistakes and not a major problem for our party ahead of the election.” Mu Sochua, vice president of CNRP, also agreed with the NEC’s removal of her party’s candidates.
“There were some gaps on candidates’ registration documents,” Ms Sochua said, pointing out that those falling foul of the rules represented a tiny fraction of the CNRP’s 20,000 candidates.
Sam Kuntheamy, executive director of the Natural Impartial Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia, was concerned about the late timing of the announcement.
“Why has the NEC taken these decisions right now?” Mr Kuntheamy said. “It will only cause confusion for voters and difficulties for the parties. “It should have double checked who was qualified or not qualified when they first submitted their applications.”

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