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No bus services on Sunday

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A bus in the capital. KT/Chor Sokunthea

City Hall will suspend the bus operations in the capital on Sunday to make it possible for bus staff to vote.

The suspension follows a National Election Committee directive on June 8 and one from the Labour Ministry on June 13 appealing to employers to give staff days off to take part in the election.

“The Phnom Penh Municipality will suspend public buses under the Phnom Penh Autonomous Bus Transportation Authority for one day, which falls on Sunday,” Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng said.

He said the operation would resume on Monday.

Mr Sreng said the move was to implement the NEC and ministry directives for city bus staff to exercise their rights to take part in the election.

City Hall spokesman Met Meas Pheakdey said this was what City Hall was supposed to do and asked for people’s understanding.

“Not only the state authorities, but also companies, enterprises and factor owners have to make it easy for their staff to go to vote according to the law,” he said. “That is why we issued the announcement to let them have a day off and we also need our brothers’ and sisters’ understanding.”

Garment workers have also been given three paid days off to vote, and university students have been granted to leave to travel home as well.

Mr Meas Pheakdey said there were many kinds of workers, though he could give the exact number operating the city buses. There are 155 buses operating in the city.

The government has encouraged people to go to vote, and on Tuesday, Interior Minister Sar Kheng ordered local authorities to be on the lookout for anyone urging voters to abstain from the national poll on the eve of the election.

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