Ahead of election, Cambodia amends law to bar non-voters from contesting in future

Cambodia’s parliament voted unanimously to amend an election law on Friday to penalise anyone who boycotts next month’s poll, which critics have said will be a sham because of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s efforts to stamp out all opposition.

Hun Sen, who has held power in Cambodia for more than three decades, last week ordered the rubber-stamp parliament to revise the law so that anyone who does not vote in the general election on July 23 will be barred from contesting any future elections.

“…Individuals wishing to stand for election must participate in voting events prior to their mandate,” Sar Kheng, deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, said in a statement posted on his official Facebook page after the vote in parliament.

In full: https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/ahead-election-cambodia-amends-law-bar-non-voters-contesting-future-2023-06-23/

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