Candidate Registration Ends

Candidate registration for the com­mune elections cont­i­n­ued across Cambodia for the third and final day Tuesday, with at least 80 percent of candidates registered.

Leng Sochea, director of the public information bureau at the National Election Committee, said numbers remained incomplete Tuesday because some areas have not yet reported.

He said he expects a final count to be available later today. “Every­thing is going smoothly. It is very successful,” he said.

According to NEC figures, with 22 of 24 provinces reporting through Monday, the CPP is fielding 16,099 candidates in 1,118 of the nation’s 1,621 communes; Funcinpec, 13,769 candidates in 989 communes; the Sam Rainsy Party, 13,225 candidates in 899 communes; Khmer Angkor, 14 candidates in one commune; Khemarak Vongkut, 52 candidates in four communes; and Khmer Chamroeun Niyun, 32 candidates in three communes.

Party officials, however, provi­ded figures through Tuesday, with Funcinpec saying it will run slates in 1,440 communes and the Sam Rainsy Party saying it has slates in 1,321 communes. CPP officials said they were too busy counting to comment.

One trouble spot appeared to be Phnom Preuk, a former Khmer Rouge district in Battambang prov­ince, where both Funcinpec and Sam Rainsy Party candidates were allegedly intimidated.

Funcinpec member Serey Ko­sal said eight communes in former Khmer Rouge districts will field no Funcinpec candidates. Funcinpec had intended to run candidates in every commune, but found some—in Samlot, Phnom Preuk, Sampov Loun, Trapeang Pra­sat and Anlong Veng—too dangerous, he said.

Sam Rainsy Party officials also com­plained of intimidation in Phnom Preuk, saying Phon Chea, a leading candidate in Chakrey commune, was threatened by 20 arm­ed men on Monday night after erecting a party sign.

Party officials said Phon Chea took refuge at the district party office, while similar threats caused four other candidates to  withdraw.

Candidate lists will be posted in communes later this week; parties will have two weeks to appeal.

 

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