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Voter Voices 2017

Voter Voices: Oum Soktry, 25

“I’m from Banteay Meanchey province, but I have lived in Phnom Penh for 20 years. I look after my aunt’s house in Phnom Penh. My father is not alive anymore. I support my mother [financially]. I don’t know who I will vote for yet. It depends on who my family will vote for..."

Voter Voices: Phal Kanitha, 30

Voter Voices: Phal Kanitha, 30, Procurement officer; from Kraing Yov commune in Kandal province’s Sa’ang district.

Voter Voices: Sam Srey Nich, 19

“I live in [Phnom Penh’s] Sen Sok district with my brother. I’ve been here for one year. My parents are rice farmers. They have about 3 to 4 hectares in Oudong.

Voter Voices: Seng Bunthoeun, 22

Seng Bunthoeun, 22, a garment factory worker who comes from Prek Khsay Khor commune in Prey Veng province’s Peamro district.

Voter Voices: Chan Samon, 39

"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."

Voter Voices: Heng Sou Chheng, 63

I have been a village chief for 15 years. I am satisfied with the current [CPP] authorities, but there are some things I’m not happy with. I’m not happy with authorities not helping the citizens to get ID cards and documents

Voter Voices: Brak Sao, 25

I’ve been a monk for 15 years and I’ve stayed here [at this pagoda] for six years. I like the education of prayer, and I like preserving [Cambodian Buddhist] culture.

Voter Voices: Sem Sarim, 56

The current authorities are not good. The authorities are the parents of the citizens, but they never think of the children: they only think of the people who have money.

Voter Voices: Ly Monyrath, 25

If we compare the last elections to this one, it seems more complicated now. When our family went to register [to vote], we all got the voting slips at different times. Last time, it was all together.

Voter Voices: Keo Naren, 48

I just have this stall for fun. I didn’t have anything else to do. I pay more in gas getting to the market than I earn from this stall. My husband is a sculptor. Business is doing very well. He doesn’t have time to make all the orders. I am a citizen of Cambodia—if I do not go to vote, I am a citizen of nothing. This is a citizen’s job. I’m not happy with the local authorities in my commune.


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