Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Televise NA sessions, Kem Sokha proposes

Televise NA sessions, Kem Sokha proposes

Ruling and opposition party representatives yesterday agreed that National Assembly sessions should be televised and aired on radio to give Cambodians a greater window into the work of their elected representatives.

The proposal was raised by CNRP deputy president Kem Sokha during a seminar on information and communication technologies run by France’s Assemblee Parliamentaire De La Francophonie’s (APF) Noria program.

Sokha, president of the APF’s Cambodia branch and deputy president of the National Assembly, said Cambodia should follow the example of France, Germany and other developed countries by broadcasting senate and parliamentary sessions.

He also called for the release of transcripts of debates and sessions of parliamentary commissions.

“Voters must know that their representatives have been acting in the nation’s interest,” Sokha said. “[With television], people can see the activities of their representatives, what they are doing, and what is happening in the assembly.”

Ruling party lawmaker Kep Chuktema, another participant in the seminar, agreed.

“This is an idea that must be considered, because the assembly, as an independent legislature, has a very important role to [oversee] the executive branch,” Chuktema said.

A recent report by government watchdog Comfrel found lawmakers often approved legislation with little or no debate, while parliamentary commission sessions, held behind closed doors, lacked transparency.

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Setting up a drone for flight. Photo supplied

How Cambodia's first drone company is helping farmers

SM Waypoint claims its unmanned aerial vehicles can help local farm and plantation owners increase their yields. Established in September 2015, SM Waypoint now has seven drone pilots, two sales staff and two accountants. Though the company focuses mainly on agricultural projects, the potential uses of the drones are extremely varied, going from measuring exact land height for building drainage systems to finding the most suitable location for special economic zones (SEZs) or factories.

New street food dish shakes things up at Russian Market

Though the bustling food stalls that emerge after dark next to Phnom Penh's Russian Market can seem intimidating to tourists at first glance, there are street food treats to be enjoyed by all, from Kep crab to a new shrimp dish created by the market's owners.

Turkish Embassy calls for closure of Zaman schools

With an attempted coup against the government of President Recep Erdogan quashed only days ago and more than 7,000 alleged conspirators now under arrest, the Turkish ambassador to Cambodia yesterday pressed the govern