Hun Sen keen on more participation in Cambodian polls

Hints at new law to remove right to contest polls if someone has a history of declining to vote.

In what is being widely seen as encouraging more people to cast ballots in July 13 polls, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is considering a law change which would remove the right to stand for elections if a candidate has a record of declining to vote.

“Anyone who wishes to stand as a candidate at elections must be a good citizen of the nation in a democratic society, starting with exercising the right to vote,” Hun Sen said, according to a dispatch from the government mouthpiece Fresh News.

“In this sense, any individual who does not go to vote without a valid reason will be considered to have lost the right to stand as a candidate at elections,” he said.

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