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Cambodian opposition asked to halt thumbprint collection in public places
Publication Date : 09-10-2013
Phnom Penh City Hall had recently asked the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) to stop collecting thumbprints in public areas as well as the homes of Phnom Penh residents.
"Over the past few days, the Cambodia National Rescue Party's activists have collected thumbprints from their supporters in market places, public places and at the homes of Phnom Penh residents," Phnom Penh Deputy Governor, Khuong Sreng said in a letter issued Tuesday.
He said such activities disrupts the daily lives and businesses of residents, their mindset, and the public order, calling the opposition party to only collect thumbprints at their offices.
"To collect thumbprints in accordance with procedures and law and avoid any troubles, Phnom Penh City Hall requests the Cambodia National Rescue Party to collect thumbprints only at their headquarters and offices in Phnom Penh," he said.
The opposition party's aims to collect thumbprints from its supporters as well as other citizens in order to protest against the election results of July 28.
The official election results showed that ruling Cambodian People’s Party won 68 seats while the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) had received 55 seats in parliament.
The CNRP plans to collect 3.5 million thumbprints to present to the United Nations and the International Community on October 23, the day it plans hold another mass protest at Democratic Park.