An umbrella group of election monitoring NGOs and human rights NGOs have condemned
the way candidates were chosen for the National Election Committee (NEC). The Ministry
of Interior sent a list of five names to the National Assembly for approval, a process
they decried as "not transparent and not open to consultations with the public
and election stakeholders". Dr Lao Mong Hay, representing the human rights NGOs,
said it was crucial for the legitimacy of the election process that independent and
experienced people serve on the NEC.