Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Elections coalition has $170K shortfall




Elections coalition has $170K shortfall

Officials tally votes at a polling station in Phnom Penh following the 2012 commune elections.
Officials tally votes at a polling station in Phnom Penh following the 2012 commune elections. Heng Chivoan

Elections coalition has $170K shortfall

About $170,000 remains to be found for a coalition of watchdogs and civil society observers known as the “situation room” to successfully monitor all of Cambodia’s 2017 commune elections for irregularities.

According to Kim Chhorn, a senior program coordinator at the elections watchdog Comfrel, each election observer costs $22. Of this sum, $2.50 goes towards purchasing a T-shirt and manual for the observer, $7.50 funds the observer’s training, $10 covers the observer’s election day expenses including food and travel, and $2 covers the cost of recruiting the observer.

Sam Kuntheamy of the elections monitor NICFEC, said that the European Union approved funding to ensure the presence of 12,000 observers, while private individuals donated nearly $20,000 to the coalition. Currently, Kuntheamy said, these funds, in addition to individuals who have decided to volunteer, places the number of observers at 14,500.

“The total number of polling stations is 22,148,” said Moeun Tola, who belongs to the labour rights NGO Central. “We need one observer in each polling station.”

If the requisite funds are not found in time to recruit one observer per polling station, “we can still deploy our observers,” Tola said, as long as a portion of the observers “covers two polling stations, at least”.

At present, said Tola, the civil society coalition “only recruits people based on available funds”.

There are “more than seven million people registered to vote”, he said. “If they each give 50 cents, it will be more than enough,” said Tola.

MOST VIEWED

  • All inbound flights set to face added scrutiny

    Ministry of Health spokesperson Or Vandine said on Monday that the ministry is monitoring all inbound flights, after it was announced that only those from Malaysia and Indonesia will be temporarily cancelled from August 1. Vandine said on Monday that the two countries were identified as

  • Flights from Indonesia, Malaysia cancelled

    A Ministry of Health official has warned of the possibility of Covid-19 spreading through community transmission after the total infected cases in the Kingdom rose to 225. Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine told reporters on Saturday that the possibility of community transmission cannot be overlooked and that

  • Man in quarantine dies of ‘overdose’

    The Ministry of Health on Thursday said a Cambodian migrant worker who died while being isolated at a quarantine centre in Tbong Khmum province’s Kroch Chhmar district may have died from syncope or overdose of tablets. In a statement, the ministry said the 21-year-old

  • Ministry set to reopen 20 schools in August

    The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport will allow 20 high-safety-standards schools to reopen next month despite new cases of Covid-19 in the country. Ministry spokesperson Ros Soveacha wrote in a Telegram message on Wednesday that the schools are in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang.