Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - CNRP to send 40,000 observers to June poll

CNRP to send 40,000 observers to June poll

Opposition acting President Kem Sokha speaks at the party meeting yesterday in Kampong Thom province.
Opposition acting President Kem Sokha speaks at the party meeting yesterday in Kampong Thom province. Photo supplied.

CNRP to send 40,000 observers to June poll

The Cambodia National Rescue Party will send more than 40,000 election observers to the polls for the June 4 commune council elections, to go along with their pool of 20,000 candidates, according to the party’s acting president, Kem Sokha.

“We must select over 40,000 electoral observers, and we must conduct a training course for them. So I would like to repeat that we have a lot of work to do,” Sokha told a group of opposition party members and activists in Kratie on Sunday.

Sokha also said the party has nearly finalised the slate of candidates it plans to run against the ruling Cambodia People’s Party on June 4.

National Election Committee (NEC) spokesman Hang Puthea said yesterday that there were more than 20,000 polling places, and that the observers were welcome but needed proper training.

“NEC does not limit the number of observers to fulfil the role of transparency in the election process,” Puthea said, adding that the NEC would also consider assisting with training sessions.

Koul Panha, executive director of election monitor Comfrel, said that a higher number of observers did not necessarily correlate to fairer elections.

“The number is not important, the NEC is important. Now we demand that NEC be transparent when counting ballots so that we have accurate reports of vote counting,” Panha said.

Both the 2012 commune poll and 2013 national election were subject to allegations of electoral irregularities.

MOST VIEWED

  • Government hits back at threats to pull EBA, suspend UN seat

    The spokesman for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has said the government is in no way concerned after the European Parliament gave it three months to reverse what it called the “systematic repression of the political opposition”. Ignoring the ultimatum could mean facing

  • Chinese influx pushing locals, Westerners out of Preah Sihanouk

    Some within the Kingdom’s tourism industry have speculated that the recent influx of Chinese visitors may hinder domestic tourism as the price of accommodations in the coastal city of Sihanoukville continues to rise. Preah Sihanouk province, which has become a hotbed for Chinese investment

  • Sar Kheng: Sokha requested security

    Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Sunday revealed the story behind the transfer of former opposition party leader Kem Sokha from Trapaing Phlong prison in Tbong Khmum province to his house in the capital. Speaking at the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) headquarters in Prey

  • ‘Dire consequences’ from sanctions, warns AmCham

    American businesspeople in Cambodia have warned that any sanction against the Kingdom would have “dire consequences” that could push Cambodia even further into the arms of China. In a letter to US senators and representatives dated Monday, the American Chamber of Commerce Cambodia (AmCham) said