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Man to face fine over CPP stickers

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Supporters of the Cambodian People’s Party rally in Battambang province. KT/Mai Vireak

The Interior Ministry said yesterday that a man is going to be fined for displaying CPP stickers on a state-owned vehicle after a picture went viral on social media.

The ministry also reiterated that the use of political logos for campaign purposes on various state-owned properties including buildings and vehicles is against the law.

Shortly after the election campaign period began, a white Lexus RX 300 with a police number plate and ruling-CPP stickers was spotted in public. A photo of the vehicle was uploaded on social media and went viral.

On Thursday, the Interior Ministry summoned Chhoun Pheap, a 32-year-old Takeo province resident, to answer questions over the photo.

Mr Pheap revealed that the car belonged to his older brother Soeun Soeung, a police officer who was abroad at the time the vehicle was used.

“Mr Pheap is not police. He was just driving his brother’s car to Koh Pich on July 7, the day CPP began its rallies,” Interior Ministry spokesman General Khieu Sopheak said yesterday. “He did not realize it was wrong to display support for a political party on a state-vehicle.”

Gen Sopheak added that Mr Pheap will receive a fine, while Mr Soeung will receive disciplinary action from his superior.

National Election Committee spokesman Hang Puthea said yesterday that anyone who breaks regulations will be fined up to about $2,500.

“It doesn’t matter if he’s a policeman or if he’s civilian,” Mr Puthea said. “They will be fined the same.”

State-owned vehicles are not to be used for any activities related to the campaign election, Mr Puthea said. Civil servants, including officials at all levels, are also prohibited from conducting campaign activities in state-owned buildings.

However, civil servants can take part in the campaigns outside of working hours.

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Hun Sen and Interior Minister Sar Kheng warned all government officials to stay neutral during the election campaign period.

Mr Hun Sen said at the time that no state-vehicle is to be used for campaign purposes.

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