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NEC asks businesses to help workers get to polls

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Voters queue to cast ballots. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The National Election Committee has urged all business owners to help employees travel to vote in the upcoming national election.

NEC president Sik Bun Hok issued the appeal to all owners of enterprises to facilitate workers’ travel to vote on July 29 at local polling stations.

He said that in accordance with the Law on Elections, people whose names were on the voters list in 2017 were eligible to vote in the national election.

“The NEC hopes that all owners of enterprises will make it easy for all employees to go to vote in the national election,” he said.

Pav Sina, president of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers, said workers need the Labour Ministry to order business owners to give them time off to vote.

He said that nearer to the election date, the ministry would issue a decision on holidays for workers to go to their homeland to vote.

“In fact, the election day is on a Sunday,” he said. “Normally, it is a day off but workers must vote in their homelands and for some of them, that is far away.”

“They need a day to travel there and to come back,” he noted. “We hope that employers will make it easy for them to vote.” Last week, King Norodom Sihamoni appealed to people to cast votes in July’s poll in a letter released to the public.

“The election on Sunday, July 29, will be free, fair, just equal and secret in accordance with multi-party democracy,” the King said. “Please don’t be concerned about pressure.”

Prime Minister Hun Sen then slammed former opposition leader Sam Rainsy for claiming that the letter was fake or made under duress.

“Does he dare to oppose the King’s letter? If he does, he betrays the King; it is clear that he wants to eliminate the constitutional monarchy and depose the throne,” Mr Hun Sen said.

The NEC has just began operating a call centre for the election, a first for the NEC and a measure aimed at ensuring voters are fully aware of election logistics.

Voters can make the free call from 7am to 11.30am, and 2pm to 5.30pm at 018-002-018.

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