Cambodian protesters scuffled with police on Wednesday during a protest over a long running land dispute which is to be built by a Chinese developer and a well connected Cambodian tycoon. Protesters demand the release of their imprisoned colleague, Yoam Bopha. Sam Rina, Phnom Penh.
About 1,000 members of the Cambodian opposition have taken part in non-violent protest training for their upcoming mass rally against the results of July's election. Officials for the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Wednesday had their supporters practice how to react non-violently to police provocations, spot infiltrators in their ranks and avoid the use of abusive language. After the session, some were asked to come on stage to demonstrate what they had learned, with other members of the opposition portraying security forces. The government has deployed troops in the Cambodian capital before the planned demonstration and has warned about the rally turning violent. But Kem Sokha, CNRP vice president, says a peaceful protest is the goal. VOA Khmer's Heng Reaksmey and Say Mony report from Phnom Penh.
Constitutional Council of Cambodia on Saturday ordered National Election Committee to punish eight election officials in Kratie province for irregularities in national election on July 28. However Ek Sam Ol, president of the top legislative body of Cambodia, announced the irregularities didn't impact the results of the national elections. Ek Sam Ol and most members of the council are member of ruling party Cambodian's People Party of Prime Minister Hun Sen. (Kong Sothanarith, Phnon Penh.)
Safety packages of ballots from Battambang province contain less irregularities comparing to those from Kratie province. Constitutional Council ordered National Election Committee to open the packages for verification in response to the complaints filed by Cambodia National Rescue Party. VOA's Khmer's Khuon Theara reports from Phnom Penh.
All of the 13 safety packages from Kratie province ordered to open by the Constitutional Council for verification were found not properly recorded and unsealed. The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party blasted the NEC for the irregularity and called it a serious fraud. However, NEC said it was merely a technical flaw. Constitutional Council member Prum Nhean Vichetr told reporters after checking the packages that the process was simply to ensure transparency in addressing the opposition's complaints and decision will come later. VOA's Khmer Kong Sothanarith reports from Phnom Penh.