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Surprises

Surprises

Paid agents of many political parties are carrying out their job by paying uninformed

visits to house after house in their respectively assigned working zone.

What they need is to get party member cards made as many as possible without having

to pay anything at all on the part of the card-holders. It is ridiculously said that

these agents would bring the related documents to their bosses for payment (although

we cannot say against payment.)

In Phnom Penh, these agents can but try to appear very friendly towards their native

prey. They would profusely but deceitfully explain the reasons why they need these

cards made. To appear legally sound, some of these agents would even make use of

the UN tips for voters publicized through TV and Radio and others by saying that

voters are free to vote for any party they can find satisfactory and justifiable

in terms of what that particular party has done and what it promises to do if it

wins the elections. They say there is no connection between whom to vote for and

the registration of these member cards, and that these cards are made just to present

to the UN the number of these agents' party numbers. I doubt the UN has requested

for this kind of presentation from all parties already registered to contest the

May elections. What the public knows is that to get registered as a party to contest

the coming UN-supervised general elections, this group of persons of a particular

same ideology must have an acceptable minimum number of members to present to the

UNTAC. However, this cannot be the case because the parties these agents are working

for have been registered a long time ago, and ridiculously surprising is that these

acts are particularly perpetrated by the agents of the outwardly biggest party.

We cannot guess what is the underlying motive of these membership offerings. We just

know that there are many surprises now for Cambodian voter card-holders, and after

counting the votes, there will surely be surprises again, but regretfully we do not

know which surprises will be for whom.

- Name witheld upon request

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