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Foreign Journalist Does Quality Test on Election Ink

PHNOM PENH: Foreign correspondent for EAC News, Anthony Ellis, participated in the election ink quality test this morning to see just how effective the ink will be when citizens cast their votes on July 23.

The National Election Committee held a meeting on July 6 where they presented a sample from the 52,000 bottles of semi-permanent ink to be used on Election Day.

EAC News reporter Anthony Ellis said it was a great experience that gave him a valuable opportunity to understand Cambodia's electoral system. He confirmed that the hand-mixed ink that the NEC tested is of good quality and that it “definitely leaves a mark.” While he questioned what cleaning products might be used to get rid of the ink, he said,

"I believe many Cambodians would like to keep the ink on their finger, I think it gives you a sense of pride that you have voted for your country and party.”

The Royal Government, through the National Election Committee, spent $910,000 on ink for the upcoming 7th National Assembly election on July 23, 2023. Chairman of the National Election Committee, Mr. Prach Chan, confirmed at the meeting that the ink was ordered from India at just under $18 per bottle.

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