Mu Sochua, the opposition candidate for Kampot province, has
had two brushes with ruling party activists in three days.
The Sam Rainsy Party secretary-general and former Funcinpec minister of women's affairs said she
was nearly run over by a truck on Monday and dodged a motorcycle
On Saturday, Mu Sochua claims, she argued with a ruling
Cambodian People's Party commune chief who was wearing a CPP hat--a violation
of election regulations. She filed a complaint with police claiming the driver
tried to hit her with his motorcycle.
And on Monday, she said, she was nearly knocked over by a
truck after she tried to pull a CPP sign off the door of the vehicle, which was a government vehicle. Mu Sochua said her shirt had been torn open and her left
arm twisted in an ensuing scuffle.
"I will complain to the [provincial election committee]
on violations of the election law and complain to the courts of attempted
murder and assault," Mu Sochua said Monday. "This is a very serious
Local election officials failed to mediate the disputes
Monday, and CPP officials have complained
to provincial officials over Mu Sochua's removal of a sign from the
vehicle without authority.
If she saw lawful wrongdoing, she should complain to local
election officials, said San Sman, a senior district CPP official, whose truck
was at the center of Monday's altercation.
Provincial Election Committee Chairman Te Chinnarith said he
is investigating all complaints and will hold an open hearing in the next three
days, in accordance with election regulations.