Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - CNRP members sued over voter list claims



CNRP members sued over voter list claims

CNRP members sued over voter list claims

Two opposition activists in Pailin province are facing “malicious denunciation” cases brought by villagers they accused of being Vietnamese nationals who had registered to vote illegally.

Riem Namon, a 27-year-old Cambodian National Rescue Party activist from Pailin town’s Tuol Lvea commune, has been sued by two men, Teang Bros and Keo Hean, after including the pair in a list of eight people she suspected to be foreigners who had registered with the National Election Committee.

After the NEC dismissed the complaint, Namon said she found herself facing legal action and was yesterday summoned to Pailin Provincial Court to provide evidence.

“They filed a complaint against me because I was the one who filed a complaint that they were foreigners,” she said, claiming that the eight people she accused of registering illegally were not ethnic Khmer – though that in itself is not a bar to registering.

In an almost identical case, CNRP activist Chhun Chanda, 56, has been sued by three of 34 people he accused of being illegal Vietnamese registrants after his complaint with the NEC was thrown out.

“We knew they were Vietnamese from villagers living close to them and through their language,” Chanda maintained yesterday.

The complainants in the cases were unreachable yesterday. The Cambodian Criminal Code defines “malicious denunciation” as knowingly making a false declaration likely to have legal consequences for the victim. It carries a maximum one year prison term.

In January the NEC rejected complaints by the CNRP that almost 2,500 foreigners, mostly Vietnamese, enrolled to vote.

MOST VIEWED

  • Seven positive for Covid-19, Hun Sen confirms local transmission

    Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that there has been local community transmission of Covid-19. However, he urged the people not to panic even though the Ministry of Health announced the discovery of seven new cases on Sunday. Among the victims are Chhem Savuth, the director-general

  • Cambodia at ‘most critical moment’, Hun Sen warns

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said the first community transmission of Covid-19 in Cambodia has led the country to the “most critical moment” that warranted urgent, large-scale operations to contain the pandemic. Hun Sen, who confirmed the first local transmission on November 28, said the source of

  • PM confirms community transmission, calls for unity

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on the public to stay calm, unite and follow the Ministry of Health guidelines after the wife of a senior official tested positive for Covid-19 in the Kingdom’s first case of community transmission. The case has drawn criticism

  • Over 110 garment factories close

    A government official said on November 22 that at least 110 garment factories had closed in the first nine months of the year and left more than 55,000 workers without jobs – but union leaders worry those numbers could be much higher. Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training undersecretary

  • Singapore group seeks $14M in damages from PPSP over ‘breach of contract’

    Singapore-based Asiatic Group (Holdings) Ltd is seeking a minimum of $14.4 million relief from Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX)-listed Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone Plc (PPSP) for allegedly breaching a power plant joint venture (JV) agreement. Asiatic Group’s wholly-owned Colben System Pte Ltd and 95 per

  • PM vows to protect Hun family

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has vowed to continue his fight against opposition politicians who he said intend to smash the Hun family. Without naming the politicians but apparently referring to former leaders of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), Hun Sen said there