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Sunday/Monday, 1/2.4.2007: Irregularities In This Commune Council Election Resulted From The Distribution Of The National Election Committee’s Leaflets

Posted on 3 April 2007. Filed under: Week 502 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 502

“During the second mandate elections held on 1 April 2007, yesterday, according to brief reports from all provinces and cities across the country, many irregularities occurred in a number of voting offices. National and international observers regretted that the number of voters who went to vote yesterday was far less than the number of registered voters, because in some places only 35% of the voters actually voted, and other places had less than 50% of voters casting their votes.

“However, it was also reported that some places had up to 70% voters, but the number of such places was low. Most of the information that was received indicates that the number of voters might have been slightly over 50%.

“According to Phnom Penh lawmakers from the Sam Rainsy Party, yesterday, in a number of voting stations such as in Tonle Bassac, Chak Angrae Leu, Phnom Penh Thmey, and so on, the voters were accurately registered in voters’ lists, but when they went to vote, their names were marked as if they had voted already, which caused the most tense protest.

“Actually, Chom Samnang, female, aged 19, who is residing at House 27, Tonle Bassac, Chamkarmon, Phnom Penh, could not vote, because someone had already voted for her in Voting Office 0942.

“Additionally, Chea Soeung, female, and Peak Huay, male, who wanted to vote at Voting Office 0859 in Tonle Bassac, were told that somebody had already voted for them. Currently, they are complaining to the National Election Committee [NEC] to help them to solve this problem.

“Phnom Penh lawmakers from the Sam Rainsy Party added that there were 1018 cases of violations in 22 communes during election day. These cases were referred to commune chiefs and to the NEC to take legal actions.

“There were some irregularities caused by village chiefs, commune chiefs, and district chiefs from the Cambodian People’s Party [CPP] who stood ostensibly in front of voting offices, which caused confusion.

“Concerning the fact that the number of citizens who went to vote was less than expected, Sam Rainsy Party lawyers stated as a reasons that a number of citizens went to celebrate the [Chinese tradition of] Tomb-Sweeping Day. Some people seemed to understand that the Commune Council Elections were not as meaningful as the National Elections of the year 2008, so they did not participate in the elections.

“Meanwhile, many people seemed to be fearful and did not dare to go to vote, because they were concerned about their security because they had been threatened and intimidated during the election campaign.

“Moreover, some citizens were tired of the irresponsibility of Commune Council Election officials, because they typed many wrong names into the voting list, and they changed assigned voting offices without informing the citizens in advance.
“In some places, the citizens used to have their names already registered for the voting lists in 2006, but their names were not in the final lists of voters in 2006.

“However, the Sam Rainsy Party lawmakers stressed that the leaflets with information for the voters, which were made by the NEC, were full of mistakes, for example mistakes of mis-typed voters’ names and birth dates. Before the election day approached, there were some propagandists who unfortunately claimed, ‘You can vote, if you just take this leaflet with voters’ information.’

“Because of this unfortunate propaganda, some citizens had to go back and forth between different voting stations many times before they could enter one to vote, whereas other citizens gave up to vote, because they were tired of the confused voting procedures of the NEC.

“Notably, during the Commune Council Elections yesterday, Mr. Sam Rainsy, the President of the Sam Rainsy Party, said, concerning the actual situation of this election, that the problems of threats, intimidation, and violence had still been remarkable. Attempt to buy the citizens’ hearts and votes were still made on a large scale. Considering the preliminary early results, one knew that the Sam Rainsy Party still had the possibility to receive a praise-worthy victory. Now, the Sam Rainsy Party is filing complaints against these irregularities, according to legal procedures.” Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3125, 2.4.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Sunday/Monday, 1/2 April 2007

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1306, 1-2.4.2007

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6006, 2.4.2007

  • The Cambodian People’s Party Is In The First Rank And The Sam Rainsy Party In The Second Rank; The Norodom Ranariddh Party And Funcinpec Are Vying For The Third Rank [according to informal results of the elections in all provinces and cities, and major party members expressed their optimism for this election]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3125, 2.4.2007

  • Irregularities In This Commune Council Election Resulted From The Distribution Of The National Election Committee’s Leaflets

Rasmei Angkor, Vol.14, #1165, 2.4.2007

  • Informal Results Of Commune Council Election For 76 Quarters In Phnom Penh: CPP=73 Communes, Sam Rainsy Party=3 Communes, Norodom Ranariddh Party=0, Funcinpec=0

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4251, 1-2.4.2007

  • The Delegation Of The French Senate [led by Ms. Catherine Tasca, the French Senator and President of the delegation of the French-Cambodia Friendship Association] Came To Pay A Formal Visit To Cambodia [to strengthen friendly relations and bilateral cooperation between legislative institutions of both countries]
  • The Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture Appealed To Prevent The Import Of Genetically Engineered Rice [related to health risks and other consequences]
  • Workers At The Basetan Garment Factory Complained That Their Boss Reduced Their Salaries On The Election Day [for two days, $2 per day]

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #368, 2.4.2007

  • Preliminary Results: The Sam Rainsy Party Won 29 Communes, Funcinpec And Norodom Ranariddh Party Got Zero Communes, The Cambodian People’s Party Lost Much Support [even though the ruling party is leading across the country, according to results received last night]

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