Cambodian opposition candidates debarred from local polls

Around 150 from Candlelight and other parties have been delisted for the June 5 commune council elections.

Cambodia’s emerging opposition Candlelight Party has urged the national election body to reinstate candidates debarred from contesting the June 5 commune council elections.

The request came at a meeting between National Election Committee (NEC) secretary-general Tep Nytha and Candlelight Party vice-president Son Chhay after some 150 candidates were denied the opportunity to contest on grounds that they were illiterate and had forged documents.

These candidates had falsified documents by forging fingerprints and signatures because they did not know how to read and write in Khmer, NEC claimed.

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