At least four people have been killed in three incidents during the election campaign,
the Committee for Free and Fair Elections said in a report released Tuesday.
"We have seen many killings and intimidation and threats
during the two weeks of election campaigning, which is a serious concern for us,"
said Comfrel Executive Director Koul Panha.
Cambodian People's Party activist Soth Song was killed in
Kampong Speu July 1; CPP activist Lon Chork was killed in Kampong Chhnang July
6; and an opposition journalist, Khim Sambor, and his son were killed in Phnom Penh July 11,
Six people were killed in the election campaign in 2003,
according to the report.
Comfrel also cited 16 cases of intimidation, especially
against activists of the Sam Rainsy, Norodom Ranariddh and Human Rights
The cases of intimidation were allegedly undertaken by local
authorities and CPP activists and officials in various provinces, according to
In one case, a death threat was made to Om Sara, who works
for the Sam Rainsy Party's radio broadcast program Candlight, in Phnom Penh, according to
Mar Sophal, chief investigator for Comfrel, said the even
though authorities have not credited threats with politics, the cases should be
prosecuted by the courts.
Other irregularities in the report include 10 cases of
gift-giving by the CPP, in Siem Reap, Kampong Chhnang, Prey Veng and Pursat
Political parties have also faced obstacles to their
campaign, such as clashes between party activists, in at least four instances,
National Election Committee Secretary-General Tep Nitha said
Comfrel's report signaled typical reporting by the monitor ahead of elections,
but irregularities of this campaign have decreased from elections past.
In some cases, when irregularities are found to be
apolitical, Comfrel does not change its reporting, he said.
In 2003, the NEC received around 600 election complaints, but this
year only about 200 complaints have been registered, Tep Nitha said.
SRP lawmaker Son Chhay supported the report as accurate. There
were even more cases of irregularities than reported by Comfrel, he said.
NEC was "busy" helping the CPP win the election,
Son Chhay said, a charge Tep Nitha refused.
Son Chhay also accused police officials and civil servants
of helping the CPP campaign, a breach of election law.