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Opposition Alleges Threats Against Activists in Remote Areas

Sam Rainsy Party (SRP) leader says his supporters living in remote areas are being threatened when they registered as SRP’s candidates for the communal councils.

Sam Rainsy, president of the SRP claims that commune leaders from the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) threatened to seize their lands should they register as SRP’s candidates. Thus far, authorities have no reactions to the accusation.

National Election Committee's (NEC) Secretary General, Tep Nitha says that he has received a statement and not a letter of complaint from SRP, and says that the provincial election committee (PEC) will look into investigating the allegation.

Twelve parties including the Cambodian People's Party (CPP), FUNCINPEC, Sam Rainsy Party (SRP), and the newly formed Norodom Ranariddh (NRP) have already registered during the 3-day registration period, which ended on January 3rd.