Voter Voices: Keo Naren, 48

Sells women’s clothing at Central Market, Lives in Phnom Penh’s Russei Keo district

I just have this stall for fun. I didn’t have anything else to do. I pay more in gas getting to the market than I earn from this stall. My husband is a sculptor. Business is doing very well. He doesn’t have time to make all the orders. I am a citizen of Cambodia—if I do not go to vote, I am a citizen of nothing. This is a citizen’s job. I’m not happy with the local authorities in my commune.


I have to give money for any documents. A family record book is meant to be free, but I had to pay $35. That was for one officer—different officers have different prices. They guess my wealth by looking at me.

I like to read the news; I like to keep up to date. I like reading politics stories. Politics is very messy in Cambodia.

Nowadays, everyone wants a change. But we tried to change for a couple of elections now. We keep trying. All my friends want change too. They feel hopeless, because they try to change, but it’s not possible.”

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