Cambodia’s prime minister has sought to revise a voting law ahead of next month’s general election, a move apparently aimed at quelling boycotts as the ruling party’s opponents are all locked out from running.
The bill bars anyone who fails to cast ballots from running in future elections, and imposes fines on people who prevent eligible citizens from voting. The bill’s backers claim that it is aimed at ensuring elections can be conducted without any disruptions.
But the bill comes after the main opposition Candlelight Party was excluded from the upcoming election. The National Election Committee disqualified the party last month, claiming that it failed to submit the necessary documents. Some opposition supporters have been calling for a boycott of next month’s vote.