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A quiet day for polling

The UN produces Situation Reports on a daily basis. What follows is an edited version

of the "Sitrep" for the first day of polling, which relatively speaking

was a quiet one for Cambodia.


EXPLOSIONS: At about 9:30, approximately five explosions were heard in Russie

Krang Commune. At about 14:00 same date, another seven explosions, of which three

were heard in Okriet and five were heard in Robol Mongol. Inquiries revealed that

NADKs were responsible...UNMOs and CIV POL investigating.

Banteay Meanchey province

SHELLING: A. In between 8:30 to 12:25, 5 explosions were registered in Poipet.

Mr. Lamut Samrath was seriously injured. The explosions occurred far from the polling

site...the polling activity continued. B. In between 7:45 to 8:00, 2 explosions occurred

in Roung Kou Chong, about 1 km away from the polling station. No casualty...polling

activity continued.

Kampong Chhang province

  1. SHOOTING INCIDENT: At about 20:30 in Boribo District town an unidentified person

    fired his weapon underneath the house of a 48 years old local Cambodian. The man

    suffered injuries; however, his 6 years old son was killed in the incident.

  2. SHELLING: At 10:45 NADK soldiers fired 2 mortar rounds toward Tum Nup polling

    site. CPAF retaliated by firing 5 shells...polling activity continued. No casualty


  3. EXPLOSION: At about 9:30, 6 children were injured while playing with a B40 rocket

    that exploded in Thuc Phoc.

Kampong Thom province

  1. POLLING ACTIVITY: The overall situation at...polling sites on 23 May remained

    calm and under control. Four registration card were confiscated from voters who tried

    to vote for the second time, 1 false registration card was confiscated and 1 underage

    voter was refused while trying to vote using the registration card of his mother.

    Some identified NADKs in civilian clothes from Bothum/Kraya were also seen around

    polling sites in Kampong Thom.

  2. CEASEFIRE VIOLATION: At about 9:00, CPAF and NADK soldiers engaged in shelling

    and small arms fire in Trabeang Piknaray, about. Five NADK solders were reportedly

    killed. One B40 rocket launcher, 1 AK-47 rifle, 1 CKC grenade launcher were recovered

    by CPAF. UNMOs were informed.

Kampot province

ELECTION ACTIVITY: CIV POL Chum Kiri reported that only one polling site "CK1"

will operate in the district on 24 May for security reasons.

Koh Kong province

  1. CEASEFIRE VIOLATION: The CPAF Cmdr. in Sre Ambel reported to CIV POL that on

    22 May at about 2100, undetermined number of NADK soldiers fired 4 B40 rockets at

    a local militia base in Chamkar Mon. Reportedly, the militia members retaliated firing

    AK-47s. No injuries reported.


  2. EXPLOSONS: On 22 May at 12:45 some explosions were heard near the polling site

    in Seray. Initial investigation revealed that 3 RPGs and several rounds of AK-47

    were fired by unidentified armed group.


A. EXPLOSION: At 5:55 1 B62 rocket reportedly exploded at approximately 50 meters

away from the polling station in Kantout Commune. No one was reported injured.

Preah Vihear province

SHELLING: A. At about 11:15, NADK fired 3 rounds of H-107 from Phum Kdak towards

Phum Kulen. One rocket landed near the polling station, however the polling in the

village continued. At about 15:45 another 3 rounds of H-107 were fired towards west

of Kulen. No casualty was reported. B. In between 16:45 and 17:45 NADK soldiers fired

ten rounds of H-107 followed by shelling from B40s toward Phum Tbeng. No casualty


KILLING: At 02:00, Mr. Ohg See was shot dead by unidentified person inside his house

in Chey Sen District. According to local police sources, the subject was a very notorious

person in the village.

Rattanakiri province

CLOSING OF POLLING SITE: CIV POL reported that the mobile polling station in Koh

Peark, was closed at about 15:30 after 15 armed CPAF soldiers complained about the

use of pencil instead of ball pen in marking the ballots...a meeting was held at

about 17:00, attended by the Provincial Governor, local police, CPAF Commander and

Heads of the different UNTAC components. It was found out that some CPAF members

from different ethnic groups failed to understand the use of pencil in the election

and the governor explained to the local attendees of the meeting that the use of

pencil is normal. It was finally decided that the polling site will be opened on

24 May.

Siem Reap province

SHELLING: A. CIV POL Chikreng District reported at about 13:30 1 rocket shell

fired by unknown elements landed and exploded at about 1.5 kms away from the polling

station in GR 27-57 injuring 3 local persons. UNMOs were informed.

B. At about 6:30, NADK soldiers fired 6 rounds of H107 towards Tohum Day. As a result

1 local civilian was killed. UNMOs were informed.

Thmar Pouk

SHELLING: At about 9:00 unidentified elements believed to be NADKs fired 8 mortar

rounds towards Svay Chek. The mortar rounds fell 3 kms short of the village where

approximately 2,000 people were waiting to vote. Approximately 100 women and children

left the area while the remainders waited and subsequently voted. No casualty or

damage...was reported.

No other significant event/incident reported by the other provinces.



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