In the 2012 commune elections, all but one of the province’s 50 communes went to the ruling party, almost all by a landslide. All but Pate. Of the 581 ballots its voters cast that year, the Sam Rainsy Party—led at the time by former Finance Minister-turned-staunch government critic Sam Rainsy—won 57 percent.
Two Cambodia Daily reporters stand accused of incitement and threatening voters in a complaint filed to the Ratanakkiri Provincial Court on Thursday, a court official said on Sunday, even after a prior complaint against the journalists was resolved by the commune election committee.
Thousands of opposition supporters jammed the streets of Phnom Penh on Sunday to march in the CNRP’s second parade of the campaign period, taking advantage of a quirk in the election law to squeeze in an unexpected procession.
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More than 400 Phnom Penh families living along a canal in Meanchey district will be granted land titles after development to the area’s defunct drainage system takes place, officials said.
The government has issued a temporary nationwide ban on selling and consuming alcohol over the weekend to avoid “disorder” during Sunday’s commune elections, continuing a regular election policy in Cambodia.
The National Election Committee reiterated on Friday that it would not investigate Prime Minister Hun Sen’s election campaign speeches about waging war to maintain power because the election body had not received a complaint, saying it was taking a similar stance regarding opposition advertisements featuring former CNRP President Sam Rainsy.
Four activist monks were arrested after attending an opposition rally in Oddar Meanchey province on Friday, with police confiscating their mobile phones and deleting videos and photographs taken during the event, one monk said, though the account was disputed by authorities.
Police in Svay Rieng province on Saturday shut down a training session for 16 observers registered to monitor this Sunday’s commune elections, saying it had not been sanctioned by authorities, according to an organizer.
Four of five suspects detained following the fatal shooting of a Forestry Administration officer in Kompong Chhnang province last week will be released pending a decision by the provincial court prosecutor, an official said on Sunday.
A CNRP official was questioned at the Pursat Provincial Court on Sunday despite agreeing to compensate the family of a 6-year-old boy he injured in a hit-and-run accident while leaving an opposition election event on Saturday, the official and police said.
“I worked in a [garment] factory for a year. I didn’t like it because it’s a hard job and I got a low salary—$60 a month. I’m going to vote for the CNRP. I’ve always voted for the opposition. Lotus farmers really believe in the CNRP.”
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Prime Minister Hun Sen warned yesterday that the ruling CPP must win the upcoming commune and national elections to avoid the country being plunged into civil war, and said he was willing to “eliminate 100 or 200 people” to prevent his overthrow.
Documents leaked to media this week suggest Prime Minister Hun Sen, his eldest son Hun Manet and son-in-law Sok Puthyvuth, and other prominent CPP-affiliated officials, were involved in an ongoing campaign to spread CPP rhetoric, monitor opposition supporters on social media and attack CNRP leaders.
A recovering drug user with HIV died 10 days after he walked out of Prey Speu detention center in Phnom Penh, a death an NGO worker attributed to his being denied access to medication and methadone treatment while he was locked up for more than a month.