The National Election Committee yesterday warned of taking action against local authorities who prevented political candidates from having their address documents signed at commune offices.
Som Soryda, deputy director-general of the NEC, said in a press conference that local officials were obliged to sign all documents of party candidates and would be punished by the law if they failed to do so.
“The NEC will take action based on the law, such as obstruction charges that carry a fine,” Mr Soryda said.
Pothitey Sawathey, president of the Dharmacracy Party, said her party has not fielded candidates for 20 years but decided to join the upcoming election due to the absence of the dissolved CNRP.
Ms Sawathey said that one of her party members was a school principal in Kampong Speu province who was struggling to get her documents signed because she was not a CPP member.
“When she went to get her address document signed, she was threatened,” she said. “This case happened in Taing Samroang commune in Kampong Speu province’s Phnom Sruoch district.”
A representative of the Khmer Anti-Poverty Party said that after one of his party members filled in some NEC forms, he brought them to the commune chief to be signed, but the commune chief refused.
“It is very difficult for us and other political parties to have documents signed,” the rep said.
Pich Sros, president of the Cambodian Youth Party, has asked Interior Minister Sar Kheng to look into the issue because his party members also could not have their documents signed by commune officials.
Mr Sros said his party would boycott the national election on July 29 if the ministry failed to take action and solve the problem.
Sao Vandeth, a representative of the ruling CPP, urged officials of other political parties to pinpoint commune officials who refused to sign documents so that they could be disciplined.
“I request that if the NEC finds out who makes these mistakes, please punish them,” he said.