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NEC reports poll hiccups

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Member of the League for Democratic Party rally across a big billboard of the ruling CPP in Phnom Penh. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Up to the sixth day of the electoral campaign, the National Election Committee says it has received three complaints from party supporters and local authorities but says overall security and public order have been ensured.

A League for Democratic Party member accused a chief commune in Kandal province of wearing a ruling CPP T-shirt to a villager’s funeral and giving the family an amount of money, whispering to them to vote for the CPP.

And NEC spokesman Hang Puthea said that in Takeo province, a villager threw rocks at LDP mobile loudspeakers, claiming they were annoying.

At the same time, in Ratanakkiri province the local authorities forbade the LDP from marching without notice.

“These three complaints are now being examined carefully,” Mr Puthea said.

“I do not think these are serious acts that would affect the whole campaign environment.

“Once again, I would like to appeal to all political party members and local authorities to cooperate and make things smooth towards election day.”

LDP secretary Chen Thon said party members always gave notice before marching but the local authorities acted unfairly to them.

“The commune chief forbids us from marching on a couple of public areas where there are members of the CPP,” Mr Thon said.

The party had asked police to make it easier to march on the roads but the police acted as if they did not care, unlike the way they treated the CPP.

Full story on Friday’s paper

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