Hun Sen Gives Stamp of Approval on Election Ink

Ink that will be used to mark voters’ fingers during the June 4 commune election is trustworthy, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Monday, two weeks after the country’s top election committee found that a sample batch of the stainer could be rubbed out with hair-straightening products.

—Commune Election 2017—

“The ink was used for elections in India with more than 1 billion people,” Mr. Hun Sen wrote on his Facebook page yesterday after a farewell gathering for outgoing Indian Ambassador Naveen Srivastava.

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Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife, Bun Rany, confer with elections officials while registering to vote last year in Kandal province’s Takhmao City. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

“India never had any problem. So Cambodia has to trust the ink,” the premier wrote.

Election observers and party officials who tested a later shipment of 46,500 bottles of ink were largely reassured that it left an indelible mark, though a CNRP representative was able to wash off most of the stain on his finger within five minutes.

No party has formally lodged a complaint about the ink, Mr. Puthea said on Monday.

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