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Villagers protest inflated electricity charges

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Electricity charges are not winning hearts and minds in Oddar Meanchey province. Mai Vireak

More than 200 villagers in Oddar Meanchey province’s Trapeang Prasat district protested on Thursday to demand the local authority lower the price of electricity.

The demonstrators stood holding photos of the Prime Minister and his wife, calling on them to intervene because they are forced to pay more for their power than people in other districts.

Villager Sem Van said the cost of electricity in Trapeang Prsat district is currently 2,050 riel per kilowatt-hour, but locals want it lowered to 1,500 riel.

“It is a lot for us poor people and farmers,” he said. “We wonder why the price in Trapian Prasat district is so expensive compared to other districts in Oddar Meanchey province.”

Srey Naren, Adhoc coordinator in Oddar Meanchey, said electricity in Trapeang Prsat is provided through a private company as opposed to the state.

He said the firm had put a premium on the price of electricity in order to supply the district.

“Villagers cannot accept the price increase because their bills have gone up so much,” he said.

Trapeang Prsat district governor Nov Sam Darith promised that the local authority will discuss the concerns of residents with the company.

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