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Factories Urged to Allow Worker Vote

Labor leaders from both sides on Thursday encouraged factory owners to give their workers time off to vote in the upcoming general election.

"Factory owners should facilitate wages and time for them to travel to vote," said Cheat Khemara, a labor law expert for the Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia, who was a guest on "Hello VOA" Thursday.

Even if they are given time off, many workers worry that the high costs of transportation can be prohibitive.

However, political parties who give workers the money to vote affect the free and fair environment of the elections, said Rong Chhun, president of the Cambodia Confederation of Unions, who was also a guest on the show.