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Workers get three-day poll break

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The Labour Ministry has instructed business owners to grant three days off to workers to vote in the national poll. KT/Ven Rathavong

Workers are to get a three-day break to vote in the national election, the Labour Ministry said yesterday.

The ministry made the order after the National Election Committee wrote to it seeking time off for employees so that they can travel to their home provinces to cast ballots in the national election on July 29.

The ministry issued a letter yesterday saying all enterprise owners should allow employees time off from July 28 to 30 to make it easier for employees to travel together.

Labour Minister Ith Samheng noted that employees would still be paid.

“We hope that the owners of factories, enterprises, and all organisations will implement this announcement for employees to travel to vote in the upcoming election together,” he said.

Earlier this week, NEC president Sik Bun Hok called on all business owners 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 name were on the voters list in 2017 were eligible to vote in the election.

Fa Saly, president of the National Trade Union Confederation, called on all workers to vote because voting was important to the country. He said the union condemned anyone who persuaded people not to vote.

“The votes of workers are very important for issues such as high wages, stable work, peace and other benefits,” he said.

Last week, King Norodom Sihamoni appealed to people to vote in a letter released to the public.

He said the election would be free, fair, just, equal and secret in accordance with multi-party democracy, and people should not be concerned about pressure.

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

The NEC has recognised 20 parties to take part in the election.

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