Phonm PHEN – Thousands of supporters of the government and the opposition took to the streets in Cambodia before the elections are held, Sunday, July 28. Election monitoring body which will work across Cambodia, hoping the elections will be free and fair.
Director of the Cambodian Koul Panha Comfrel Committee stated that the elections will be conducted at the end of this week will be the most fair elections at least when compared to previous elections.
“This time the Cambodian elections can not be called free and fair election when according to the standard of international., But at least this year’s election is the most fierce and also with the participation of most of the young people,” said Koul Panha, as quoted by the Associated Press on Friday (26 / 7/2013).
For Koul Panha, there are three basic problems that encourage free and fair elections. First in control media, the military and police by the ruling party, the voters “ghost” and the return of opposition leader Sam Rainsy is a positive step, although this time Rainsy bukanlan a candidate.
He considers that this is a major challenge for the Government of Cambodia Cambodia where the opposition could not be a candidate. Perhaps with this policy will protest against the election is more common on the streets.
According Panha power of facebook, which supervises elections is also very large. At least the voters will unite with one purpose to advance their opposition fueled by discontent with the previous government.
This election will take place at 19,000 polling stations (TPS) and 10,000 polling stations is crucial to the large turnout. So although seen many shortcomings and look under international election standards, expectations about the implementation of the ongoing peaceful and fair remain.