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Best of friends, for now

Best of friends, for now

Angkor Borei district - It hasn't happened everywhere, but in this district at

least the three parties campaigning in the commune election seem to get on. None

of the candidates from the CPP, Funcinpec or the SRP admitted to any

pre-election tensions.

"Since we started we have had no serious

problems," said SRP candidate Khieu Eng. "We have faced some minor problems, but

we have solved those between the three parties."

The CPP, Funcinpec and

SRP apparently find it easy to talk to each other here. Any problems, they said,

were solved through the Commune Election Committee (CEC).

Ngoun Sagnem,

CPP district head, agreed things had gone smoothly.

"We have a strict

rule that none of our members threatens or commits violence against anyone," he

said. "We simply tell the electorate what our policies are to develop the

commune." When the CPP felt the other parties violated election law, Sagnem said

he asks the CEC to intervene and ensure they respect the rules.

Kot Noy,

Funcinpec's candidate, said his members had had no problems and were in "a good

situation at the moment".

Men Makara from independent monitor Comfrel

said the atmosphere had been fairly good, but expressed some concerns about

post-election day violence.

The SRP's Eng agreed: "It is good now, but I

cannot tell you what will happen tomorrow or the next day. I hope tomorrow's

situation will be like today's."


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