India to provide Cambodia indelible ink for polls

Phnom Penh, May 10 (IANS) India will provide 40,000 bottles of indelible ink to Cambodia to be used in the country’s general election in July, the National Election Committee(NEC) said Friday.

The ink, to cost about $830,000, will be brought to Cambodia in June, Xinhua quoted Indian Ambassador to Cambodia Dinesk K. Patnaik as saying in a statement.

The NEC has issued a letter of appreciation to the Indian government for the donation, NEC Secretary General Tep Nytha said.

He said the indelible ink, which is unable to be washed off for 7-15 days, will be used to mark voters’ fingers.

Cambodia is scheduled to hold general elections for the 123-seat parliament July 28.

Some 9.67 million Cambodians are eligible to cast their ballot.

Tep said that as of Friday, six political parties have registered with the NEC to run in the upcoming elections.

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

Hun Sen, 61, has been in power for 28 years.

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