Call for Workers in Thailand to Get Vote Leave

The CNRP has asked the government for its help in securing paid leave for Cambodians working in Thailand to return home to vote in the upcoming local elections.

A letter signed by five CNRP lawmakers on May 2, and approved on Monday by National Assembly President Heng Samrin, requests that Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn discuss with his Thai counterpart a policy that would give migrant workers three days off with pay for the June 4 commune elections.

Cambodian migrant workers arrive at the Poipet border crossing in Banteay Meanchey province in 2014. (John Vink)

“If there is no intervention to find a resolution on time for them, they will lose an opportunity to attend the vote in Cambodia,” the letter says.

It also asks for border officials to help countrymen re-enter Cambodia quickly and easily.

Mu Sochua, one of the five lawmakers, said the CNRP believes at least 10,000 out of 1 million Cambodians working in Thailand are registered to vote.

“I hope, if there is an understanding from both governments, our migrant workers will be able to join the election,” she said.

Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Chum Sunry could not be reached.

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