More than 20,000 Cambodians will observe the July 27
elections, along with 300 international observers. Among them will be at least
His name is Huy Man Kheang. Sixty-one-years old, the
venerable monk is the chief of the Tonle Neam pagoda, in Angkor Chey district,
He is also president of the Organization of Buddhism Support
and Human Resource Development.
"Even if I'm a monk, I have the same rights as a
civilian citizen," Huy Man Kheang told VOA Khmer in a recent interview.
"The monks have the right to create organizations also."
"We have monks who go to vote also, like the ordinary
citizens," he said. "Observation is only to monitor if there is
violence from one party to others and to monitor in order to have a smooth
As far as he knows, he is the only monk from his
organization to volunteer as a monitor.