City Hall has beefed up security in the capital ahead of the last national election campaign day on Friday, when six parties will march along city streets ahead of Sunday’s vote.
City Hall spokesman Met Meas Pheakdey said yesterday that the city had prepared joint forces before the election campaign started.
“But on Monday, City Hall held a meeting with the authorities to remind them about the obligation to protect security and public order for all political parties who will campaign on Friday because a lot people will join the marches,” he said. “We will use about 5,000 forces from the national and military police on Friday and on election day.”
He noted that authorities must protect security and public order for all parties without discrimination. Six parties have sent information to City Hall about marches on Friday.
“I appeal to all people joining to use our rights to choose any political party on July 29,” Mr Meas Pheakdey said.
Also yesterday, the National Police issued a directive to strengthen controls on explosives and weapons at companies and construction sites.
The directive, signed by deputy national police chief General Chhay Sinarith, said the controls were to prevent explosives getting into the hands of people who could commit crimes or bring terror and chaos by setting off explosions before or after the election.
The police commissariat advised departments with expertise, Phnom Penh police and provincial police, to pass on advice widely to companies, construction sites and businesses about the law and control of explosives.
“Advise owners of companies, construction sites and businesses to suspend temporarily transporting and using explosives a week before and after the national election,” a statement said.
Kirth Chantharith, spokesman of National Police, could not be reached for comment.