Sunday, 27 July 2008

Polling starts nationwide for forth general election of Cambodia

KANDAL, Cambodia, July 27 (Xinhua) -- Polling started nationwide Sunday at 7:00 a.m. local time (0000GMT) in Cambodia for its forth general election and it will last until 3:00 p.m. local time (0800GMT), according to the schedule of the National Election Committee (NEC).

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife cast their votes at the polling station in the provincial Teacher Training Center near his residence in Takhmao town of Kandal province.

"So far, the atmosphere is good and I hope that today, until the end of the voting and the counting of ballots, the election will go smoothly across the country," Hun Sen told reporters.

He added that he could not comment anything further inside the polling station because it was against the legal procedure and regulation of the election law.

At the polling station, voters were introduced to queue in two lines with good order.

Chea Savuth, a 43-year-old civil servant, said that he was so happy with voting because "we will choose a leader that will bring the country with peace and economic development."

Nget Sovandary, a 39-year-old school teacher, said that she votes for a leader that could make her living standard better.

"The election is very important for me because it provided me with citizen rights to choose a leader that we loved," she said.

More than 10 million ballot papers have been printed for the nation's 8.1 million eligible voters, with around 32,000 bottles of indelible ink supplied to 15,255 polling stations nationwide, according to NEC figures.

Altogether 11 political parties are running for the 123 seats at the Cambodian National Assembly. A total of 8,125,529 voters have been registered and 17,000 local and international observers watch the process.

The preliminary results will be announced on July 28, a statement from NEC said.

Editor: Du Guodong

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