Cambodia’s election body blocks 150 opposition candidates

Candlelight Party objects to NEC removal of candidates from commune elections and pledges to keep fighting.

Cambodia’s opposition Candlelight Party has objected to a decision by the National Election Commission (NEC) to delete 150 of its candidates from contesting commune elections due to discrepancies in their application forms.

The NEC said the candidates had not completed the correct paperwork nor complied with the laws and some had falsified documents by forging fingerprints and signatures because they did not know how to read and write in Khmer.

“All decisions were made based on the facts and the law, so the NEC rejects any allegations,” NEC spokesman Hang Puthea told the government-friendly Khmer Times.

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