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Campaign start sees six arrested

Campaign start sees six arrested

At least six people were arrested for being involved in “disruptions” related to election campaigns over the past week, authorities said.

On Saturday, two suspects were arrested at the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) rally on Koh Pich island.

One of them was identified as Chhin Sirat of Pursat province. The other is said to be a resident of Kampong Speu. However, police representatives remained tight-lipped on reasons for the arrests.

The same day, a soldier named Khu Heangtong was held by Military Police in the capital’s Daun Penh district for becoming violent and destroying CPP equipment at an event in Phsar Thmey II commune.

Military Police spokesman Eng Hy said: “He was drunk and fighting and he ran out into our [rally] and damaged our loudspeakers.” He said the suspect was being questioned.

Provincial police in Battambang reported that on July 4, three staff members of the Cambodian Volunteers Society (CVS) were arrested for distributing leaflets with incorrect ballot information.

Police Chief Ouch Sokonn said on Sunday, that CVS president Pen Somony was detained along with its vice president and a staff for handing out documents that showed a ballot not verified by the National Election Committee (NEC).

“The staff was allowed to go home after signing a statement to stop the activity,” Sokhonn said.

An NEC statement released on Saturday said the kickoff to the campaign period went smoothly, citing only a noise complaint in Pursat where loudspeakers were being used near hospitals and schools, a practice banned by the election law.

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