Cambodian People's Party district political officials issued
a campaign complaint Tuesday over the display of the royal portraits outside a
Norodom Ranariddh Party headquarters.
CPP representative Nuon Nho filed the complaint at the
commune election committee, or CEC, for Or Cha commune, Battambang district,
Battambang province, alleging the violation of a code of conduct by the Norodom
The party has hung the portraits of former king Norodom
Sihanouk, former queen Norodom Monineath and King Norodom Sihamoni outside its
provincial headquarters, which is a violation of the election law, according to
NRP deputy chief of Battambang Sat Vichheka said Friday he
knows the election law well, but the portraits have been displayed since 2007.
"These portraits have been displayed in front of the
NRP office for worship, for respect of the king's institution, not for the
election campaign," he said. "The NRP does not display these
portraits in its leaflets and other election documents."
CEC chief Prak Saphal said he invited NRP representatives to
attend a meeting to resolve the problem Saturday.
"We'll know the result tomorrow," he said.
Koul Panha, executive director of the Committee for Free and
Fair Elections, said a display in front of the party office "for
worship" is not a violation of election law.
If the portraits are displayed in documents for the
campaign, such as leaflets or car billboards, it is a violation of regulations,
Nuon Nho could not be reached for comment.
Battambang District Governor Uy Ry, of the CPP, said the
display of the portraits was an election activity, because the photos are
displayed on the NRP gates, outside, not inside the office.
Below the portraits are many leaflets posted about the
campaign, he said.
In Phnom Penh,
meanwhile, CPP coalition partner Funcinpec has displayed outside its national
headquarters large portraits of Sihanouk and Monineath. The national office of
the Norodom Ranariddh Party also displays portraits of the three royals.