The National Election Committee (NEC) announced preliminary voter registration results
on October 24 and said 7.6 million Cambodians are registered to participate in commune
council elections scheduled for April 1, 2007.
Tep Nytha, Secretary General of the NEC, said the final voter lists will be published
on December 31.
Nytha said the registration process had gone smoothly, but he said a shortfall of
about $3 million could jeopardize the commune election process.
However, he said that the government is committed to run the election according to
"We have sent a message to donor countries via the UNDP and the government about
the budget shortfall," Nytha said.
He said the NEC had expected only 60,000 new enrolments, but 1.6 million new voters
had registered during the 24 day registration period.
"We regret that some people could not register because they were late and our
law limits the period for registration," he said. "And registration is
not an obligation, it is voluntary."
He said the NEC removed 34,000 people from the voter list as they had died or moved
Sam Rainsy, leader of the opposition Sam Rainsy Party (SRP) told the Post on November
2 that more than 10,000 people had been unable to register because they lacked information
or received information too late.
He said that within many areas commune clerks and village chiefs obstructed further
registrations when they thought all the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) supporters
had already registered.
Koul Panha, executive director of local election monitoring NGO, the Committee for
Free and Fair Election in Cambodia (COMFREL) said the process of registration had
gone smoothly, but intimidation and political discrimination had happened in areas
where opposition parties had a strong following.
"It was difficult for people to register when they didn't have enough documents
and did not support the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP)," Panha said.
He said COMFREL is continuing to audit the voter list to ensure its quality and will
issue a statement this month.
He said thousands of people evicted from the center of Phnom Penh were unable to
register because they lacked documents.