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India to provide Cambodia indelible ink for upcoming poll

PHNOM PENH, May 10 (Xinhua) — India will provide 40,000 bottles of indelible ink to the National Election Committee (NEC) of Cambodia that will be used in the general election on July 28, a NEC’s statement said Friday.

The ink, which costs about 830,000 U.S. dollars, will be airlifted to Cambodia in mid-June, said the statement, citing Indian Ambassador to Cambodia Dinesk K. Patnaik.

NEC’s secretary general Tep Nytha said the NEC has already issued a letter of appreciation to the government of India for the donation. He said the indelible ink will be used to mark voters’ fingers and it will be unable to be washed off for 7 to 15 days.

The country is scheduled to hold a general election for the 123- seat parliament on July 28. Some 9.67 million Cambodians are eligible to cast their ballots in the upcoming election, said the NEC.

Tep Nytha said as of Friday, 6 political parties have registered with the NEC to run in the upcoming election, adding that the exact number will be released next Monday, which is the deadline of the registration for political parties.

Analysts project that the ruling Cambodian People’s Party of Prime Minister Hun Sen will dominantly win the forthcoming election.

Hun Sen, 61, has been in power for 28 years and vowed to stay in the office until he is 74.

 

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Written by Kham

11/05/2013 at 6:42 pm

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