A senior Ministry of Interior official Wednesday called on
political parties to provide evidence of campaign irregularities before
accusing local authorities of violating election laws.
"If there is no evidence, the person violating election
laws cannot be punished," said Lt. Gen. Sak Setha, director general of the
ministry's department of administration. "Normally, politicians of
political parties who issue statements always want to gain political
Investigations into alleged irregularities have not produced
evidence that follows the accusations of some political parties, he said. Only
small irregularities have been found, he said.
Sak Setha spoke to reporters at the closing ceremony of a
training period for 65 "master trainers" to promote a better
electoral process and reduce election irregularities.
The training was conducted through the UNDP and the Neutral
and Impartial Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia. The
master trainers are expected to train another 20,000 interested parties,
including village chiefs, commune councilors, political parties, monks, and
Sam Rainsy Party Secretary-General Eng Chhay Ieng said his
party always collects evidence prior to issuing statements of wrongdoing.
On Monday, SRP Deputy Secretary-General Mu Sochua claimed
she had been involved in two serious incidents with Cambodian People's Party
officials, including a physical altercation in Kampot province, where she is a