Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - National Election Committee voter registration passes halfway mark

National Election Committee voter registration passes halfway mark

Locals line up to register to vote in Phnom Penh’s Boeung Keng Kang III commune last month.
Locals line up to register to vote in Phnom Penh’s Boeung Keng Kang III commune last month. Heng Chivoan

National Election Committee voter registration passes halfway mark

More than half of Cambodia’s 9.6 million eligible voters had been registered as of Saturday, despite the National Election Committee reporting that heavy rains had dampened the pace of registrations recently.

Updated figures released on the weekend show that 4.9 million voters had registered in the 36 days since the three-month registration period began on September 1.

While Svay Rieng, Ratanakkiri and Pursat had registered nearly 60 percent of voters, Battambang and Pursat, meanwhile, had registered just 40 percent.

NEC spokesman Hang Puthea said that heavy rains had slowed registration in some provinces, but that the bigger concern was with migrant workers.

“We are worried about people abroad, where we think that the percentage [of registrations] is low and that [citizens] are not participating as much,” he said.

Prior to the opening of registration, the NEC received requests to set up voter registration booths for migrant workers, which were turned down. While people can register outside their home province, they need a local witness to vouch for their residence.

Var Thorn, deputy provincial governor for Kratie, said the low registration turnout in his province – 39 percent – was because farmers were busy harvesting or planting crops and said that authorities were visiting them to get them to register.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all