Paris Peace Accords 23 Oct. 1991

Sunday, April 22, 2018

[Vietnamization: Elections, China responds] Cambodia's Sam Rainsy warns against 'fake election', China ties

Cambodia's Sam Rainsy warns against 'fake election', China ties

Sydney Morning Herald | 19 April 2018

Jakarta: Exiled Cambodia opposition leader Sam Rainsy has warned Cambodia's ever-closer relationship with China is weakening regional security and undermining his country's national sovereignty.
And the long-serving former MP, who has been in Jakarta to lobby the Indonesian government to speak out about Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen's violations of human rights and curtailing of democratic norms, has a message for the world: don't send international observers to the July 29 national election.
Rainsy hasn't given up all hope of MPs from his opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party - more than 100 have been arrested or exiled since September 2017 - being about to stand in the July 29 elections against Hun Sen's government.
Closer ties: China's Premier Li Keqiang, left, talks with his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen, during a signing ceremony at Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, on January 11.
Photo: AP

But time is rapidly running out.
"Anything can happen until the last minute, so I remain hopeful that pressure is building up on Hun Sen to make him reverse course, to back track. We want Hun Sen to organise real elections. A real election means an election with the participation of the opposition parties," he told Fairfax Media.

He predicts an "electoral sham" if the CNRP is not, as appears likely, allowed to participate.
"We don’t want any international observers to be sent to Cambodia if there is no participation by the opposition. The sending of observers should be conditional [on this]. For observers, it would be meaningless to observe an electoral sham with a foregone conclusion. Such observers would only endorse a fake election."
If the voter participation rate below 70 per cent, Rainsy said, and the opposition party was not allowed to stand it would be a slap in the face for the ruling party.
Thus far, Russia is one of the few countries that has committed to sending monitors to observe the conduct of what Cambodia's government has suggested will be "free and fair" elections.

[Demographic Vietnamization: Military, Occupation, PRK] The Vietnamese Occupation and the Resistance (chap. 8, complete), CAMBODIA: A Shattered Society

[Demographic Vietnamization: Military, Occupation, UN, PRK] Kampuchea: Communist Aggression in Asia (J. Kirkpatrick, 1981-82)

[Demographic Vietnamization: Military, Occupation, PRK[ "Recent estimates put the number of Vietnamese settlers in Kampuchea at 700,000 to one million", Kampuchean Conflict: The Continuing Stalemate, 1987

“...Vietnam’s preoccupation with consolidation of its territorial gains through an intensified Vietnamization program.”

Fn 8: Recent estimates put the number of Vietnamese settlers in Kampuchea at 700,000 to one million.

Kampuchean Conflict: The Continuing Stalemate (1987). Chang Pao-min, Senior Lecturer, NUS. Published by University of California Press:

[Demographic Vietnamization: Military, Occupation, PRK, K5 genocide] The Kampuchea Problem: A Southeast Asian Perspective, Kishore Mahbubani, Foreign Affairs, 1983

The Kampuchean Problem: A Southeast Asian Perspective (Mahbubani)

Kishore Mahbubani, Foreign Affairs magazine (Winter, 1983)

[Demographic Vietnamization: Tonle Sap] ."...bring Vietnamese settlers into Kampuchea..." "...most Vietnamese settlers have been located around the Tonle Sap.", 1983

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The Kampuchean Problem: A Southeast Asian Perspective (Mahbubani)

Kishore Mahbubani, Foreign Affairs magazine (Winter, 1983)
Deputy Chief of Mission at Singaporean Embassy in Washington, D.C.

[Vietnamization: Military, Occupation, PRK] The Informal Meeting Of The ASEAN Foreign Ministers To Discuss The Recent Political And Military Developments With Regards To The Kampuchean Problem Jakarta, 8 May 1984

The Informal Meeting Of The ASEAN Foreign Ministers To Discuss The Recent Political And Military Developments With Regards To The Kampuchean Problem Jakarta, 8 May 1984
The ASEAN Foreign Ministers met in Jakarta on 7 – 8 May 1984.
They were received in audience by the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Suharto, during which they were briefed by the President on the latest efforts made in the search for a comprehensive political solution to the Kampuchean problem. The President welcomed the convening of the Meeting of ASEAN Foreign Ministers as an opportunity to show the world of the complete unity of ASEAN on the Kampuchean problem.
They reviewed recent political and military developments with regard to the Kampuchean problem in particular, they discussed the Vietnamese Foreign Minister’s recent visits to Jakarta and Canberra, and his stopovers in Bangkok. They noted that, immediately after his return to Hanoi, the Vietnamese launched attacks on Kampuchean civilian encampments in Western Kampuchea and made incursions into Thailand. These attacks caused the loss of civilian lives both in Kampuchea and Thailand and drove more than 75 ,000 Kampuchean civilians into Thailand thus compounding the already heavy burden borne by Thailand and the international community in the provision of humanitarian assistance.
The Foreign Ministers condemned the Vietnamese military attacks on the Kampuchean civilian encampments and the violation of Thai sovereignty and territorial integrity. They called on Vietnamese leaders to refrain from such acts which affects the security of the whole region. They fully supported Thailand’s actions in the exercise of her legitimate rights to self-defence and reiterated ASEAN’s solidarity with the Government and people of Thailand in the preservation of Thai independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The Foreign Ministers reiterated the essential elements for a solution to the Kampuchean problem as enumerated in their previous statements particularly the ASEAN Appeal for Kampuchean Independence of 20 September 1983 and the joint Communique of the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in June 1983. The Foreign Ministers reaffirmed their position that the total withdrawal of foreign forces,. the exercise of self-determination and national reconciliation are essential elements for the survival of an independent and sovereign Kampuchea. They also held the view that national reconciliation among the Kampuchean people will be conducive to the success of efforts towards a political solution to the Kampuchean. problem.
The Foreign Ministers also reaffirmed their support for the’ Coalition Government of Democratic Kampuchea under the Presidency of Prince Norodom Sihanouk and for its efforts to restore the Kampuchean people’s inalienable rights to self-determination.
The Foreign Ministers reiterated their willingness to consult with all parties concerned on a comprehensive political settlement of the Kampuchean problem, despite continued Vietnamese provocation’s on the Thai, Kampuchean border which had undermined the trust and confidence that ASEAN had always attempted to forge with Vietnam.
The Foreign Ministers considered it appropriate and desirable to convene the meeting of the Senior Official’s Working Group as soon as possible to continue monitor and examine developments in the search for a comprehensive political solution.

[Demographic Vietnamization: Military, Occupation, PRK] ASEAN Joint Communique on Situation in Kampuchea, delivered by Singaporean ambassador Kishore Mahbubani to UN, June 1986

[Demographic Vietnamization, K5 Genocide (Bamboo Wall), Ethnocide, Military, Occupation, PRK] ASEAN Foreign Ministers to UN, July 1986:

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6. The Foreign Ministers noted with serious concern the plight of the Kampuchean people under Vietnamese occupation. The oppressive conditions inside Kampuchea, particularly the practice of compelling Kampuchean civilians to work in the war zones, have caused numerous casualties. The Foreign Ministers shared the serious apprehension of the Kampuchean people over the demographic changes in Kampuchea brought about by the increasing number of Vietnamese settlers and the ongoing process of Vietnamization of Kampuchea.

[Vietnamization: Occupation, Military] ASEAN Foreign Ministers' An Appeal for Kampuchean Independence, Sept. 1983

[Demographic Vietnamization: Occupation, Military, China responds, PRK] BEIJING V. HANOI: The Diplomacy Over Kampuchea, May 1983

[Demographic Vietnamization: Military, Occupation, PRK] Why Vietnam Invaded Kampuchea, Jan. 1981 by Jitendra Mohan

[Vietnamization: China responds] Cambodia’s Nice New TV Channel from China

Cambodia’s Nice New TV Channel from China

VOA | 19 April 2018

Life is good at NICE TV.
Staff enjoy generous benefits at the new Chinese network and their flashy building, directly inside Cambodia’s Ministry of Interior, boasts an elegant restaurant on the fifth floor with 360 degree views of the city’s political heartland.
News manager Seang Sophorn is busy directing from the control room as reporter Khoun Leakana, formerly of The Phnom Penh Post, beams in live from the scene of a reeking chicken processing factory that has residents up in arms.
“We are journalists so we are like the bridge to make the government aware of people’s needs or also to bring what government needs from people,” said Sophorn, who cut her teeth as a reporter at Radio Free Asia before a stint at the PNN network of ruling party Senator Ly Yong Phat.
Ministry of Interior
The news menu includes stories about preparations for the upcoming water festival and the types of stories NICE TV producers say are their standard fare: residential complaints about floods and traffic.
The key to NICE TV’s “bridge to the people” is an app the company has developed called Tutu Live, which allows viewers to beam themselves into the program, the television equivalent of talk-back radio.
Through it they are pushing user-generated content from their currently small audience, including NICE TV’s partners at the Ministry of Interior.
“The ministry has a police network all around Cambodia so we want to create social news and we can use this resource to create the best social news in Cambodia,” Nice TV Chief Operations Officer Jason Liu told VOA, speaking through an interpreter.
Limit the scope of media?
Others are less optimistic about the partnership.

[Demographic Vietnamization: criminal elements] More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

Related / Background:

Vietnam seizes ton of African ivory en route to Cambodia

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Authorities pose with some of the nearly 300 elephant tusks seized during a bust at the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port in December after being discovered in containers imported from Mozambique. A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized in Mozambique last Thursday. Photo supplied

More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

Phnom Penh Post | 18 April 2018

A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized by authorities in Mozambique late last week, according to the NGO Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
CITES' information was based on a report from the Club of Mozambique and other local media reports. The amount of ivory was initially reported as 1.5 tonnes, but was later upped to 3.5 tonnes, with the shipment reportedly hidden underneath plastic bottles.
Customs officials in Mozambique hadn't responded to a request for comment as of Wednesday afternoon, and neither had CITES.
The bust took place on Thursday at the Port of Maputo, according to media reports.
Eng Touch, an official at Cambodia's Customs Department, couldn't be reached for comment on Wednesday, and several officials at the Ministry of Environment didn't respond to requests for comment.
Cambodia has seen several high-profile ivory busts in years past, and two Chinese nationals were arrested in relation to seizures in August and November last year.
However, no arrests were made in the most recent ivory bust in Cambodia, which took place in December at the Sihanoukvillle Autonomous Port, where nearly 300 pieces of smuggled ivory were discovered. The tusks were found inside containers that were imported from Mozambique by Cam Transit Import, which has been linked to other shipments of ivory smuggled into Cambodia in the past.
Observers have described Cambodia as a transit point for smuggled ivory since 2013.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

[Vietnamization: Occupation, Military] «វា មិនមែន មិនអាច ទៅរួចនោះទេ ដែលអ្នក ត្រូវបាន ត្រួតពិនិត្យ ដោយភ្នាក់ងារ ស៊ើបការណ៍ សន្តិសុខ វៀតណាម។» | “It is not impossible that you are monitored by Vietnamese security intelligence.”

Today around noon and again just a few minutes ago: I noticed a strange development of a large number of scantily-clad Asian women with Vietnamese names following my posts. On my other FB account with my Khmer name as well. This during a time I’ve been posting many hard-to-access articles about the Vietnamese military occupation and the associated crimes of the 1980s.
រូបភាព ហ្វេសប៊ុក មានឈ្មោះយួន នៃស្ត្រីអាស៊ី ជាច្រើន ដែលស្លៀកពាក់ ស្គមស្គាំង តាមការបង្ហោះ ហ្វេសប៊ុក របស់ខ្ញុំ។
ក្នុងកំឡុងពេល មួយនេះ, ខ្ញុំ បានបង្ហោះ អត្ថបទ ជាច្រើន ដែល ពិបាកស្វែងរក អំពី ការកាន់កាប់ យោធា វៀតណាម និងឧក្រិដ្ឋកម្ម ដែលជាប់ពាក់ព័ន្ធ នៃទសវត្សរ៍ ឆ្នាំ ១៩៨០។
I only have one screenshot from this noon because I was interrupted by a phone call and could not retrieve again “People You May Know” until now.
A FB friend who is in the know made the cryptic comment to me: “It is not impossible that you are monitored by Vietnamese security intelligence.” Hi there! Chào! Bạn khỏe không?
មិត្តភក្តិហ្វេសប៊ុកម្នាក់ បានប្រាប់ខ្ញុំ ថា, «វា មិនមែន មិនអាច ទៅរួចនោះទេ ដែលអ្នក ត្រូវបាន ត្រួតពិនិត្យ ដោយភ្នាក់ងារ ស៊ើបការណ៍ សន្តិសុខ វៀតណាម។»

Friday, April 20, 2018

[Vietnamization: Occupation, Military] An Appeal for Kampuchea Independence from the ASEAN Foreign Ministers, Sept. 1983

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[Vietnamization: China responds, Occupation, Military] Why Vietnam Invaded Kampuchea, Jan. 1981

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[Vietnamization: Indochina, Occupation, PRK, Military, China responds] BEIJING VERSUS HANOI: The Diplomacy Over Kampuchea

Vietnamization: Indochina (VIETNAM lording over Cambodia, Laos). Beijing versus Hanoi: the Diplomacy over Kampuchea (by Pao-min Chang, senior lecturer at the National University of Singapore):
Hanoi’s Foreign Minister declared in May 1980: "The three Indochinese countries must constitute a single entity which cannot be distinguished..."
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[Vietnamization: Elections, Military] Cambodia to deploy 100,000 security forces for upcoming election

Major General Zhang Jian, commander of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Southern Theatre Command and Pol Saroeun, commander-in-chief of the Cambodian military attend the opening of the "Dragon Gold 2018" military exercise in Kampong Speu province, Cambodia, March 17, 2018. Source: Reuters
Cambodia to deploy 100,000 security forces for upcoming election

Asian Correspondent | 19 April 2018

CAMBODIA plans to deploy more than 100,000 security personnel and “village guards” at polling stations across the country in the upcoming July elections, police said on Wednesday.

In a statement on the website of the General Commissariat of the National Police, spokesman Kiet Chantharith said on top of the initial 80,000 security forces planned to police polling stations, the government will deploy an additional 20,000 “village guards” to provide security during the election.

[Vietnamization: China responds, Military] US think tank warns of China's 'ulterior motives'

Concept art for the planned Dara Sakor Seashore Resort in Koh Kong. Facebook
Concept art for the planned Dara Sakor Seashore Resort in Koh Kong. Facebook

US think tank warns of China's 'ulterior motives'

Phnom Penh Post | 18 April 2018

A US think tank on Tuesday warned that spreading Chinese investment in the Indo-Pacific follows a pattern of leveraging geopolitical influence at the expense of the nations receiving investment, including Cambodia.
The report looks at a sample of 15 Chinese port development projects, noting that the goal of the projects seems to be to “generate political influence” and “stealthily expand China’s military presence”. One of the three main case studies is the Union Development Group’s planned multi-billion-dollar tourism hub in Cambodia’s Koh Kong province.
The report, Harbored Ambitions, was co-authored by Devin Thorne and Ben Spevack for the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, a nonprofit research group.
Cambodia analysts said the report was largely accurate, although government spokesman Phay Siphan described the research group as "prejudiced."
Union Development was awarded a concession of nearly 40,000 hectares, almost four times the amount allowed under the law, and has been in conflict ever since with villagers set to be displaced by its project.
"In an apparent violation of Cambodian law, corporate obfuscation helped China broker a deal with Phnom Penh for 20% of Cambodia’s coastline. Consequences of the Koh Kong mega-development include economic losses, environmental degradation, and reported human rights abuses," the paper states.
While Union Development is ostensibly a private company, the report notes that representatives of the Chinese Communist Party have taken a vested interest in the project, periodically visiting the site and obtaining progress reports.
According to the study, the company was founded as a foreign corporation, but switched to a domestic company in order to receive a 99-year lease from the Cambodian government. Since then, it has reverted back to full Chinese ownership.
It was supported from its inception by the current head of the Belt and Road Initiative Leading Group, the steering committee in charge of Chinese President Xi Jinping's ambitious plan to increase trade connections between China and nations in Asia and Europe.
“While the development in Koh Kong province has the potential to advance China’s domestic and international interests, it has come at the expense of the local population, the environment, and potential future income for Cambodia,” the report claims.
It goes on to note certain “strategic” benefits of the development that go far beyond economics. The coastline is located “directly opposite the proposed locations of the Thai Canal”, a planned route to bypass the Malacca Strait, giving China more privileged access to maritime trading routes.
A port at the site would also be large enough to house frigates and destroyers and their crews, or provide logistical support to nearby warships. On top of that, the paper theorises the facilities could be used to exploit cheap labour to address China's growing food shortages.
While the development could theoretically be economically beneficial to Cambodia via tourism and taxes, the deal itself awards Cambodia minimal gains.
The lease, 100 percent owned by Union Development, allows the company to develop the area with no payment for the first 10 years of the 99-year lease. After the initial grace period, which ends this year, the lease will cost $1 million per year, increasing by $200,000 every five years.
“In essence, Hun Sen’s administration has valued the 36,000-hectare concession at less than 30 USD per hectare,” [T2P Media: which has been recouped a thousand times over by the sell of first-grade timber of the forested land] the report claims, adding that the development damages Cambodian industries like fishing, shipping, and tourism.

[Vietnamization: Logging, Border, Military] Huge timber haul seized in Kratie raid, suspects sought

Authorities use cranes to remove illegal timber from impounded trucks after it was seized on Friday, seen in a screen shot from a video by local media site PNN.
Authorities use cranes to remove illegal timber from impounded trucks after it was seized on Friday, seen in a screen shot from a video by local media site PNN.

Huge timber haul seized in Kratie raid, suspects sought

Phnom Penh Post | 18 April 2018

Kratie provincial authorities were searching on Wednesday for the owners of hundreds of cubic metres of first-grade timber found loaded onto seven heavy trucks during a raid on a warehouse in Snuol district.
After getting a tip-off, Military Police, police, Forestry Administration and court officials broke into the warehouse in Pi Thnou commune on Friday, discovering a huge illegal timber cache, but no suspects, according to Kuy Huot, provincial director of the Agriculture Department.
“It is first-grade timber, like sokrom, which was logged and transported from [another] province to gather at the warehouse,” Huot said on Wednesday.
The warehouse’s workers and the trucks’ drivers appeared to have fled, he added, and authorities are currently using cranes and an excavator to take the timber out of the impounded trucks for an official measurement.
“Only trucks and timber were seen on the site. [The suspects] are running away. [Forestry Administration] and Military Police are searching for the responsible persons by questioning some people in order to take legal action,” Huot said, declining to comment further.
Provincial Military Police commander San Bun Than declined to comment, referring questions to the Forestry Administration. Try Sopheak, the administration’s provincial director, could be reached.
Chea Sopheak, provincial court spokesman, said he visited the warehouse after the raid, but had not been briefed on the details.
In a video from the scene taken by local media outlet PNN, authorities can be seen cutting the lock of the warehouse and entering the premises. According to PNN, the timber had been hauled to Kratie from Mondulkiri province and was destined for sale in Vietnam.

[Vietnamization: Elections, Military] Cambodia to deploy 80,000 security persons for general election

Cambodian police officers stand guard in Phnom Penh (Photo: AFP/VNA)

Cambodia to deploy 80,000 security persons for general election

Vietnam Plus | 18 April 2018

Hanoi (VNA) – Cambodia plans to deploy a total of 80,000 security personnel to ensure security and public order during the general election in July, a senior officer said on April 18.

The information was released by National Police Deputy Chief Gen. Kirt Chantharith at the opening ceremony of a training course on the election law and the code of ethics for security personnel during the election.

He noted up to 80,000 security personnel, including police, soldiers, military police and state security guards, will be deployed to protect the election.

Cambodia is committed to holding the election, slated for July 29, in a free, fair and orderly manner without any intimidation, he added.

On April 9, the National Election Committee (NEC) of Cambodia warned that anyone calling on the people to boycott the general election could be fined and face criminal charges.

An NEC statement said under the Law on Election of Members of the National Assembly, anyone preventing voters from casting ballots would be fined between 1,250 USD and 5,000 USD, and could also face criminal charges.

Meanwhile, the NEC called on eligible voters to vote in order to exercise their rights to elect their leaders.  

The warning came a day after Sam Rainsy, leader of the now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), urged people to boycott the upcoming election if the CNRP was not allowed to participate. Sam Rainsy has been living in self-imposed exile in France since November 2015 to avoid at least eight-year-prison sentence for defamation and incitement cases. 

Cambodian people will elect 125 parliamentarians during the upcoming election. According to the Ministry of Interior of Cambodia, the country has 37 recognised political parties, many of which have announced their participation in the election.-VNA

Thursday, April 19, 2018

[Demographic Vietnamization: Elections, Military, Border, Svay Rieng] Cambodia inaugurates TV broadcasting station financed by Vietnam

Delegates at the inaugural ceremony (Source: VNA)

Cambodia inaugurates TV broadcasting station financed by Vietnam

Vietnam Plus | 10 April 2018

Phnom Penh (VNA) – A television broadcasting station - a gift of the Vietnamese Government - was inaugurated in Cambodia’s Svay Rieng province on April 10.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Governor of the province Mel Vibol appreciated the significance and role of the new TV broadcasting station in improving locals’ spiritual life.

It will also help disseminate the Cambodian government’s policies and laws to and improve knowledge of residents in border areas, he added.

Meanwhile, Vietnamese Ambassador to Cambodia Vu Quang Minh affirmed that this is a symbol for effective cooperation between the two countries.

He spoke highly of efforts by both Vietnamese and Cambodian officials and workers to complete the station, thus helping intensify the locality’s socio-economic development and locals’ living conditions.

Since 2008, Vietnam has helped build 19 FM radio and two TV broadcasting stations.

This year, the Vietnamese government will finance three TV broadcasting stations for Cambodia, with Radio the Voice of Vietnam continuing to be responsible of building the station and installing equipment.-VNA

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Pseng-Pseng -- Happy New Year | How Hun Sen Secures New Government Legitimacy


Happy New Year

How Hun Sen Secures New Government Legitimacy

«អត្រានៃការចូលរួមបោះឆ្នោត ទោះជាមិនដល់៣០ភាគរយក៏ដោយ អត់មានសិទ្ធិបដិសេធទេ។ អ៊ីចឹង ច្បាប់ស្រុកយើងទាំងរដ្ឋធម្មនុញ្ញមិនមានចែងពាក់ព័ន្ធនឹងរឿងហ្នឹងទេ។»

ប្រធានគណៈកម្មាធិការជាតិរៀបចំការបោះឆ្នោត ស៊ិក ប៊ុនហុក ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១១ ខែ​មេសា ២០១៨  ភ្នំពេញប៉ុស្តិ៍​ 

អ៊ីចឹង​ហើយ​បើ​ការបោះឆ្នោត​នោះ មិន​មាន​ការ​ចូលរួម​ពី​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះជាតិ​ទេ ខ្ញុំ​សូម​អំពាវនាវ​ឱ្យ​ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ​ខ្មែរ កុំ​ចូលរួម​នៅ​ក្នុង​ការបោះឆ្នោត សូម​ធ្វើ​ពហិការ​ការបោះឆ្នោត​នោះ ហើយ​សូម​អំពាវនាវ​ឱ្យ​អ្នកសង្កេតការណ៍​ទាំង​ជាតិ និង​អន្តរជាតិ កុំ​ទៅ​ចូល​សង្កេតការណ៍​អី ព្រោះ​វា​គ្មាន​បានការ​អ្វី​នោះ​ទេ​ចំពោះ​ការសង្កេត​ការណ៍​បោះឆ្នោត​ដែល​គេ​ដឹង​លទ្ធផល​មុន​ថ្ងៃ​បោះឆ្នោត​ទៅទៀត ទៅ​សង្កេតការណ៍​គ្រាន់តែ​ប្រថាប់ត្រា​ទទួលស្គាល់​ការបោះឆ្នោត​ទេ។ សូម​កុំ​ទទួលស្គាល់​ការបោះឆ្នោត​លេងសើច​បែបនេះ»

អតីត​ប្រធាន​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ លោក សម រង្ស៊ី  ថ្ងៃទី ៩ មេសា​ ២០១៨  អាស៊ីសេរី

ចំណុចដែលពាក់ព័ន្ធទៅនឹងប្រព័ន្ធបោះឆ្នោត... គណបក្សប្រជាជនមិនជំទាស់ទេ នៅពេលដែលឧកាសបានហុចមកដល់ ហើយប្រព័ន្ធបោះឆ្នោតវាសមស្រប ដើម្បីឲ្យយើងប្រើប្រាស់សិទ្ធិរបស់ពលរដ្ឋនៅក្រៅប្រទេស ប៉ុន្ដែត្រូវមានលក្ខខ័ណ្ឌច្បាប់របស់វាច្បាស់លាស់អំពីបញ្ហានេះ។

នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ហ៊ុនសែន ថ្ងៃទី ១៦​ មិនា​ ២០១៨ ទូរទស្សន៍អប្សារា 

Amid calls for the July elections boycott, the NEC Chairman is right that even less than 30% (maybe zero) voter turnout will still be legal. Everything in Cambodia is so legalistic that it puts the rest of world to shame.

It may be legal, but Hun Sen knows a low turnout will put a huge question mark over his next government. Only those who have rocks in their head will ever doubt whether Hun Sen will win the July elections. Given the 86% turnout for the 2017 commune elections, which can be one of the legitimacy benchmarks, Hun Sen must realise he has an uphill legitimacy battle on his hand. It will be an incredible legacy if he can succeed here after decimating a formidable opposition.

Hence, the main challenge for Hun Sen now is to secure a high voter turnout. He has done his almost to ramp it up. His frequent rants to garment workers and new graduates have intensified and are unlikely to fizzle out between now and the elections. Never mind if factory owners cannot be impressed with extensive down-times when their workers are at Hun Sen’s monologues.