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More than 70 thousand law enforcement officers for Cambodian election

Phnom Penh, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) More than 70 thousand law enforcement officers will be in charge of guaranteeing a calm voting day next July 23, when the seventh national elections will take place in Cambodia, it was reported today by reliable sources.

On that date, the Military Police and the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces will be deployed in every district across the country, but local police and the People’s Defense Force will be responsible for security at polling stations, explained Lieutenant General Chhay Kim Khoeun.

According to the deputy chief of the National Police, quoted Friday by the Khmer Times, during the election campaign period, from July 1 to 21, almost 100,000 officers were deployed, most of them (about 53,000) members of that armed force.

On the other hand, the spokesman of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Hang Puthea, detailed that the police will be stationed within 15 meters of the voting booths to help people when they vote, and other forces will remain between 100 and 150 meters from the polling stations.

With barely a week to go, the campaigning activity of the 18 political parties that will contest on July 23 for 128 seats in the National Assembly (Parliament) is proceeding smoothly.

According to Statistics in the upcoming national elections more than nine million 710 thousand citizens, mostly (about five million 162 thousand) women, will be able to exercise their right to vote.

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