Complaint Filed Against Poipet Chief for Swearing In 4 SRP

Five CPP and Funcinpec commune councilors from Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet commune have filed an official complaint against their SRP commune chief Hay Nam Heng for his part in organizing a swearing in ceremony of four SRP village chiefs  Monday.

San Sean Huor, CPP first deputy commune chief, said the thumbprinted complaint was sent to the provincial authorities and the Interior Ministry.

The complaint was filed following the swearing in of four SRP village chiefs who were elected June 21 but had a short-lived victory when CPP Provincial Governor On Sum alleged irregularities in the vote.

San Sean Huor said that Hay Nam Heng violated an Interior Ministry directive by holding the ceremony for the village chiefs.

Hay Nam Heng was also accused of violating the election process, causing a disturbance at the commune office and putting forward invalid village chief candidates, San Sean Huor said.

Hay Nam Heng could not be reached for comment.

Fellow SRP councilor Mean Sarith said that he was unaware of the complaint. But he added that the commune’s councilors had all agreed that the village chief election had been conducted in an acceptable manner, until the results came in showing that four SRP chiefs had won over the CPP and Funcinpec.

SRP officials claim that pro-CPP protesters tried to disrupt the swearing in ceremony by using loudspeakers, banging on buckets and cutting off power to the commune office, making it impossible to use a microphone.

SRP lawmaker Eng Chhay Eang said the complaint was a bid by CPP officials to seize some of the only village chief positions in the country that the SRP managed to win.

Funcinpec commune councilor Yuth Sarath said he signed the complaint against his commune chief because councilors “are afraid the higher-ups will think we disrespected the law like [Hay Nam Heng].”


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