Mu Sochua Denies Report That She Didn’t Vote

A top Funcinpec minister stormed into the offices of the Rasmei Kampuchea newspaper Tuesday demanding that it correct what she called an erroneous article claiming she had not voted in the July 27 elections.

The CPP-aligned newspaper reported Tuesday that Minister of Women’s Affairs Mu Sochua did not vote because she lacked the proper documentation.

The newspaper reported an unnamed election official saying that Mu Sochua did not have a voting card and was not named on the registered voter list. The article accused her of disturbing one polling station by criticizing election officials.

Waving her ink-stained index finger and voting card, Mu So­chua berated one Rasmei Kam­pu­chea staff member for printing the article and using a disrespectful title rather than the higher title that was bestowed upon her by King Norodom Sihanouk.

Rasmei Kampuchea Editor-in-Chief Pen Samithy said Tuesday that he will print a correction. He said the newspaper maintains a policy of printing unconfirmed information, and he said this is the policy of many newspapers in Cambodia.

Last week, Mu Sochua said she was victimized by an Election Day voting scheme designed by the CPP to discourage potential royalist or opposition supporters from voting.

She said she ultimately voted by defying election officials who tried to send her to the back of a long line at one Phnom Penh polling station.

The minister was Funcinpec’s fourth-ranked candidate in Phnom Penh. Preliminary results from the National Election Com­mittee show that the party is projected to win just two seats in the capital.

(Additional reporting by Nhem Chea Bunly)


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