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Cambodian elections unlike the United States's

Cambodian elections unlike the United States's

Dear editor,

Regarding

the article in the November 6 edition of The Phnom Penh Post, "Time For

Change" that Democrats living in Cambodia hailed Barack Obama's

historic triumph in the US presidential election; this is the dawn of a

new era.

However, the Democrats' success is very different from

the results of the July 2008  elections in Cambodia, where the

opposition SRP leader and his supporters also shouted: "It's time for

change".

Unfortunately, the result disappointed the SRP's

supporters, thousands of whom did not appear in the voter lists, some

of whom were cheated by fraudulent 1018 forms, some of whom were

threatened, and so on.

Those and other SRP supporters decried the

election results, saying that the election was not free and fair, and

that they could not exercise their right to choose the party that they

strongly support.

I wish you to keep going with your slogan "It's

time for change" during the next election and may your dream become

true very soon. Meanwhile, I hope that National Election Committee will

improve its organisation.            

Tong Soprach

Phnom Penh

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