Many Irregularities Found in Opposition’s Petition to His Majesty the King

The Ministry of Interior's commission on fingerprint analysis has released the outcome of its investigation into the fingerprints on the petition submitted in late May to His Majesty the King by the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).

At a press conference last Friday, Gen. Khieu Sopheak, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Interior, affirmed that many fake fingerprints have been found. CNRP said a total of 173,145 people from the 25 provinces and capital city have given their fingerprints in the petition, but in fact there are only 169,903 people from 21 provinces, except Pursat, Koh Kong, Kratie, and Oddar Meanchey, he added.

Among those fingerprints, the commission found out many irregularities such as 77 people have already passed away, 145 people did not live in the localities where the fingerprints were collected, 1,623 people were not present at the localities before the petition's date, 10,313 people have no record in the localities' statistics, duplication of fingerprints, and so on, he said.

In addition, underlined Gen. Khieu Sopheak, 738 fingerprints have been given many times on 2,961 different names, of which 43 fingerprints were found from 10 to 88 times on 1,003 names, and a fingerprint on 88 names.

Headed by National Police Commissioner General Neth Savoeun, the commission was created in early June after the CNRP submitted a petition with over 170,000 fingerprints to His Majesty the King seeking his intervention over the current political situation.

At a graduation ceremony, Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen said legal measures will be taken against the fake fingerprints, stressing that it is a serious insult to His Majesty the King and a deception of people.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Press