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Supporters at the CNRP's head office in Phnom Penh add their thumbprints to a petition against Kem Sokha's arrest earlier this year.
Supporters at the CNRP's head office in Phnom Penh add their thumbprints to a petition against Kem Sokha's arrest earlier this year. Hong Menea

‘Thousands’ of irregular prints in CNRP petition: MoI

The Ministry of Interior has so far reviewed more than 60,000 signatures on an opposition petition delivered to the King in May, and has found nearly 3,000 alleged irregularities, the ministry said on Friday.

Speaking at a press conference, ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak told reporters that in addition to the irregularities, the ministry had also arrived at a slightly lower total number of signatures than the opposition’s stated figure of more than 170,000. He noted, however, that files for four provinces were not found among the documents.

According to Sopheak, among the irregularities were 738 thumbprints corresponding to 2,961 names, and one instance in which one person had used seven of their fingers alongside multiple names.

The CNRP had filed the petition asking the King to intervene in what they characterised as the country’s political crisis, with Prime Minister Hun Sen ordering the investigation into the prints’ veracity – an extraordinary measure in a country where such petitions are routinely presented – shortly thereafter.

Opposition lawmaker Eng Chhay Eang yesterday said the investigation was simply further “intimidation”.



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Don Rennie's picture

Dear Samean,

Having a 5% margin of error is not a big deal for Cambodia. What this means is that approximately 95% of the thumbprints and signatures examined so far are accurate.

If you really want to examine something, take Global Witness' report "Hostile Takeover" and examine the corrupt PM. This is simple and easy. Then you have REAL news with a real examination.

This is a job for the Anti-Corruption Unit. But, the ACU is really the Pro-Corruption Unit.

Keep in mind, the PM said his only source of income came from his salary of $15,000/year as the PM. You do not amass a fortune exceeding $600 million dollars on a salary of $15,000/year.

World leaders take note.

This means someone is lying, and it is not Global Witness.


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