On Friday, Cambodia’s National Assembly unanimously approved an amendment to the election law prohibiting those who don’t vote in next month’s national election from running as candidates in future elections. Hun Sen declared last week that the law would be amended ahead of the July 23 election in order to compel candidates for public office to cast a ballot.
“Individuals wishing to stand for election must participate in voting events prior to their mandate,” Interior Minister Sar Kheng said in a statement posted on Facebook after the passage of the law, Reuters reported. “The amendments impose fines and punish individuals who disrupt and obstruct the voter registration process… (and) the election.”
Under the amended election law, prospective candidates must have voted in at least two elections to qualify as a candidate in elections at the commune, district, municipal, provincial, and national levels.