Cambodia purchases indelible ink from India for commune election in June

Source: Xinhua| 2017-05-17 18:49:46|Editor: xuxin
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PHNOM PENH, May 17 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia has bought 46,500 bottles of indelible ink from India to use in the commune election on June 4, the country's National Election Committee (NEC) chairman Sik Bun Hok said on Wednesday.

"The ink has already arrived in Cambodia," he told a press conference here, adding that the ink was purchased at the cost of around 790,000 U.S. dollars.

The indelible ink will be used to apply on the finger of the voters, and it will leave an indelible mark on the finger for about 15 days.

"This is one of the measures to prevent people from voting two times," he said.

Some 7.87 million Cambodians had registered to cast their ballots in the forthcoming election to elect commune chiefs and councilors for the country's 1,646 communes, the NEC said.

According to the NEC, 12 political parties had registered their candidates for the election.

Major parties are the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP), the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, and the royalist Funcinpec Party.

The commune election, held once in every five years, is the kingdom's second largest election after the general election.

In the last commune election in June 2012, the ruling CPP swept 1,592 of the country's 1,633 commune chief seats, followed by the opposition with 40 seats and the royalist Funcinpec Party with one seat.