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NEC receives election boycott complaints

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NEC spokesman, Dim Sovannarom. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The National Election Committee has received complaints from five former opposition party members who were fined $2,500 each by Kampot Provincial Election Commission for their involvement in an election boycott campaign.

Som Sorida, NEC deputy secretary general, said today the five men were found guilty of violating article 142 of the Election Law last month after a complaint was filed by local authorities in Kampot province.

Mr Sorida said that the five men are now appealing against a provincial commission decision yesterday.

“The NEC has yet to set a date for the hearing. It could be a public hearing or a closed-door meeting to decide whether to uphold the decision or to drop it. Another possible way is to reduce fines, but it depends on how seriously the accused persons are involved in the boycott calls,” he said.

Mr Sorida said that the hearing is expected to take place on Thursday.

The NEC will conduct an appeal hearing tomorrow for five former opposition officials in Battambang province who were fined $2,500 each last month for obstructing people’s right to vote over a Facebook post supporting a boycott campaign led by Sam Rainsy.

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