NEC Seeks Legal Action Against Appeal for Election Boycott

The National Election Committee (NEC) has requested the Ministry of Interior to take legal action against those who had called on people to boycott the forthcoming National Election.

According to a letter of NEC Chairman H.E. Sik Bunhok to Samdech Kralahom Sar Kheng, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, recently there was an appeal and encouragement to distribute leaflets urging people to boycott the July election.

NEC regarded such appeal as an act obstructing eligible voters to go to the polls, creating confusion which leads to distrust of election and affects public order and national security as stated in the Article 41 of the Constitution.

This move was made after Mr. Sam Rainsy, former President of the dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party, currently in self-imposed exile, called again and again for the election boycott.

According to NEC, the July 29 national election will be conducted at 22,967 polling stations across the nation.

A total of 8,380,217 eligible people have been inscribed on the NEC's voter lists, said NEC, pointing out that among the 20 out of 41 political parties registered at NEC for the general elections, only 8 have been officially recognised by NEC while the rest are in the checking process, as of May 17.

NEC has already announced the period for the political campaign that will fall from July 7 to 27, 2018.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press