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Election Committee rules on voter instruction complaint

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LDP members say that the NEC should take action against the CPP. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The National Election Committee yesterday responded to a complaint made by League for Democracy Party members regarding the committee’s stance on parties instructing voters on how to tick their ballots in the upcoming national election.

The NEC ruled that LDP’s complaint had no basis and that parties are allowed to instruct voters on how to vote.

NEC spokesman Hang Puthea said that the LDP’s request was rejected, adding that teaching voters how to tick a ballot is not illegal.

“Political party officials teaching or instructing their supporters to vote or to tick their own party’s box is not illegal,” Mr Puthea said.

The LDP filed the complaint on Thursday to the NEC, asking for clarification of its policy on parties teaching people on how to vote.

The LDP said at the time the complaint was filed after CPP members taught and convinced voters to tick their box while campaigning, which they said was unfair.

LDP supporters rally in Phnom Penh. KT/Chor Sokunthea

LDP secretary Chin Thon said yesterday that action should be taken by the NEC to ensure fairness and transparency during the electoral process.

“Voters were being told to tick the box belonging to the CPP,” Mr Thon said. “Voters couldn’t say no, they had to just follow. The NEC should take action.”

Sok Yim, a voter in Phnom Penh, said yesterday that CPP officials came to her home and presented their vision and mission for the country and showed her how to vote.

“I do not find it annoying because they’re campaigning,” Ms Yim said. “I just listen and do as I’m told. I understand that I have my rights. They will not know who I vote for on election day.”

Mr Puthea added that several complaints were also filed against the LDP, including one about disturbing the peace.

“People filed complaints because they found the loudspeakers annoying,” Mr Puthea said. “The party also marched without notice and started arguing in the field.”

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