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Commune boundaries finalized for election

Commune boundaries finalized for election

Cambodia's 1,621 communes will elect 11,257 commune councillors in the commune elections

scheduled for February 3, 2002.

The precise number of communes and the commune council seats was announced by the

Ministry of Interior (MoI) on April 30 following a detailed boundary delineation

process.

The number of communes in the Kingdom is up from the previous figure of 1,606.

Leng Vy, Deputy Director of the MoI's General Administration Department said the

announcement would end confusion about previously disputed commune boundaries.

Countering allegations by opposition lawmakers that they were kept in the dark about

the details, adversely affecting their electoral preparations, Leng Vy said both

the proclamation for the commune boundaries and the sub-decree determining the number

of councillors in each commune were issued on April 30, followed by a radio broadcast.

"These are massive documents giving details on each commune. We couldn't have

sent them individually to all the parties. Those who are interested can collect the

document from the ministry office," he said.

Numerous urban communes have experienced a sharp population increase, therefore increasing

the number of potential eligible voters. In border areas and remote areas of Ratanakiri

and Mondolkiri, communes of several hundred households have boundaries that are said

to be under dispute.

According to Dr David Ayers, Project Leader of the Commune Council Support Project

(CCSP), outstanding commune boundary problems will be addressed by new commune councils

after the Feb 3, 2002 elections.

A comprehensive review of the commune council boundaries, he said, would be taken

up during the very first term of the new councils by a sub-committee that will be

set up under the National Committee to Support Communes (NCSC).

The latter is likely to be set up by a Royal decree by June this year.

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