The National Election Committee has asked the Interior Ministry to take legal actions against anyone who has called on the public to boycott the upcoming election in July.
The NEC’ request came after former opposition leader Sam Rainsy has repeatedly called for the public to boycott the national election on July 29 because the dissolved CNRP could not be reinstated to contest the election. Mr Rainsy has lived in exile since 2015 after being hit with a slew of court cases.
According to the statement dated on May 8, NEC chairman Sik Bunhok said that recently there was an appeal and distribution of leaflets urging the people to boycott the poll on July 29.
“The NEC has considered appealing the people to boycott the election as preventing the people who are eligible to vote from voting,” Mr Bunhok said “It causes confusion which leads to distrusting the election that affects the public order and national security.”
“Please Deputy Prime Minister [Sar Kheng] take legal action against this activity,” Mr Bunhok said.