Cambodia’s rulers cajole and coerce voters to boost election turnout

Phnom Penh – For the past month, the deputy village chief of a hamlet in rural Cambodia has had a singular focus.

A member of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), the deputy chief says he has been instructed to press every adult in the hamlet to vote in Sunday’s national election.

“Every day we are telling people of the achievements of the party, that they should be grateful and it’s an obligation to vote,” he wearily told Reuters in his home in Kampong Thom province, on condition of anonymity, citing fear of reprisals.

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