Cambodia opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who couldn't vote, met with voters on Sunday while Cambodians were voting in Kampong Cham province. Polling stations were buzzing with activity as voters came to cast their ballots. VOA Khmer's Pin Sisovann reports from Washington.
Election monitors say a test of election ink that found it easily washable, and therefore a concern for fraudulent voting, was made in the spirit of transparency, and not to create "turmoil" ahead of Sunday's polls. The election watchdog Comfrel on Friday tested the ink, provided by the National Election Committee, and found it could be easily washed off the fingers of voters, which would allow some people to vote more than once. Typically, voters are required to dip an index finger in indelible ink, which prevents them from voting again. But Comfrel staff found the ink was easy to wash off within "minutes." VOA Khmer's Sok Khemara reports from Washington.
With less than 24 hours until polls open in Cambodia's hotly contested general election, monitors have warned that the supposedly indelible ink used to mark voters' fingers to stop them casting more than one ballot can be washed off in minutes.
Both the ruling Cambodian People’s Party and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party saw huge turnouts during campaigning on Friday, the last official day before Sunday’s national parliamentary elections. Cambodian elections typically have a day of quiet before Election Day, drawing supporters out into the streets as candidates declared their intentions for governance. (Khuon Theara, Phnom Penh)
Both the ruling Cambodian People's Party and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party saw huge turnouts during campaigning on Friday, the last official day before Sunday's national parliamentary elections. Cambodian elections typically have a day of quiet before Election Day, drawing supporters out into the streets as candidates declared their intentions for governance. The CPP had a major campaign push in Prey Veng province, in the east, where it won all 11 seats in the province in 2008. (Kong Sothanarith, Phnom Penh)
Thousands of people have been evicted from their homes to make way for a Chinese development in Koh Kong province. But some of the families have returned to their land, leaving a relocation site they say was insufficient for their needs. Meanwhile, work continues on the massive development, undertaken by the Chinese Union Development Group, to build a resort and casino on some 36,000 hectares of land along the pristine coast. Second of a two-part series. (Say Mony, Koh Kong province)
Thousands of families in the remote coastal province of Koh Kong have been evicted or are facing eviction in the face of a Chinese resort development project. Some families have moved unwillingly to relocation sites. Some are refusing to leave, setting the stage for another land dispute. The families are facing eviction from a 36,000-hectare resort development by the Chinese Union Development Group, which holds a 99-year lease on the land. Chinese hydrodam developments have already damaged major parts of Koh Kong, home to the Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia’s richest source of biodiversity. The resort adds to the difficulties facing residents of the province, which has also seen major evictions and disputes rising from the growth of a massive sugar plantation. Part one of a two-part series. (Say Mony, Koh Kong)
Youth representatives from six political parties running in upcoming parliamentary election joined an International Republican Institute-organized debate over the weekend to show their respective parties' policies. However, some audiences say the Cambodian People's Party had arranged their dominant supporters to cheer when its candidate had to speak, disrupting the debate. (Say Mony, Phnom Penh)