Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Teen arrested for hopping fence into polling station to "hang out"



Teen arrested for hopping fence into polling station to "hang out"

Suspect Nuth Pov, 18, was arrested on Tuesday night for jumping into police guarded polling station in Phnom Penh's Por Sen Chey district. Kohs
Suspect Nuth Pov, 18, was arrested on Tuesday night for jumping into police guarded polling station in Phnom Penh's Por Sen Chey district. Kohs

Teen arrested for hopping fence into polling station to "hang out"

Choam Chao commune police arrested a teenager on Tuesday night for jumping the fence at a local school set up as a polling station in the capital’s Por Sen Chey district, but released the man yesterday after determining he and two friends had simply entered the premises to “hang out”.

Suspect Nuth Pov, 18, and two unidentified men, jumped the fence at the school something they told police they did regularly when they ran into police guarding the polling station. Officers were only able to arrest Pov, with the other two escaping, said Sao Sarith, deputy commune police chief.

“He lived near there, and he had used to jump [the fence] to sit and hang out, [but] last night he did not know” that the school-turned-polling station was under police guard, Sarith said.

“We arrested him, questioned him and made a report,” he added. “He was not a bad person, and we requested to release him.”

Sarith added that the threesome were not close to the polling room set up for Sunday’s commune vote and did not affect any election-related material, which was locked away safely at the premises.

He said given the benign nature of the intrusion, Pov was only “educated” and released following a guarantee from his parents to keep him in line.

A Phnom Penh Election Committee official, who refused to be named, said the incident had nothing to do with the polling equipment and that the case was unrelated to the elections.

“What is the point of asking and grilling [me] with these questions? There are authorities in charge of this and to protect it properly, so there is no impact.”

Though the incident on Tuesday was ultimately determined not to involve election tampering, Transparency International’s Preap Kol said there were procedures and safeguards in place to ensure that the integrity of ballot boxes was maintained during the elections.

For instance, observers are instructed to open and inspect ballot boxes before use to ensure that they are empty, after which officials are expected to seal the boxes except for the slot in which ballots are dropped in the presence of election observers.

“However, security officers should be deployed to guard the voting materials and observers or party agents should be allowed to observe if they wish to do so,” he added.

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Cambodia lauded for fight against Covid-19

    Cambodia has drawn global accolades for its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, with a new report finding that the Kingdom has controlled the pandemic better than any other country in Asia. Dr Takeshi Kasai, director of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Western Pacific region,