Cambodia Election Boycott Ban Will Stymie, Not Foster Democracy

On June 29, Cambodia’s Senate unanimously approved draft amendments to the country’s election law allowing the National Election Committee to penalize those who discourage others from voting.

The amendments would also prevent those who do not vote in the July 23 general election from participating in future races.

Cambodia’s Constitutional Council signed off on the amendments, and they will go into effect after being promulgated by the country’s king, who plays a largely ceremonial role.

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