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Election Monitor Addresses Campaign Issues on 'Hello VOA'

Hang Puthea, director of the Neutral and Impartial Committee for Free and Fair Elections, discussed election concerns with "Hello VOA" Thursday, as campaigning entered the close of its first week.

While the first commune elections helped decentralize government power in 2002, many candidates failed to deliver on their promises, Hang Puthea said.

Whether the April 1 commune elections will be free and fair was yet to be determined, he said, but monitor groups and other aid agencies were watching closely.