Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday once again reminded the public not to consume alcohol on the eve and on the day of the national election in order to prevent any unexpected incidents.
Mr Hun Sen posted the reminder on his Facebook page yesterday. He said that no one should sell or consume alcohol on July 28 and 29 to ensure smooth proceedings when voters head to the poll.
Mr Hun Sen said that the government has made a great deal of effort in ensuring the security of polling stations across the country during the electoral process to ensure a free and fair election. He added that orders were given to all relevant authorities, including the police and the military police, to disseminate the information to both Cambodians and foreigners to heed to his instructions and refrain from consuming alcohol for two days.
Mr Hun Sen added that the Information Ministry and the National Election Committee work together to inform voters.
Last week, Mr Hun Sen said that any individuals caught consuming alcohol on election day could face penalties.
The same move was made by Mr Hun Sen during the 2017 commune elections.
“All Cambodians and foreigners living in the Kingdom must cooperate with the government,” Mr Hun Sen said at the time. “All those in the armed forces, administrative bodies, the National Election Committee, plus traders and vendors must suspend selling and drinking alcohol one day before the election and on election day itself in order to prevent violence, traffic accidents and other incidents.”