Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Few voters confirm their names for 2013 elections: Comfrel

Few voters confirm their names for 2013 elections: Comfrel

Few voters confirm their names for 2013 elections: Comfrel

Only 30 per cent of the Kingdom’s more than nine million eligible voters have come to registration offices to confirm that their proper name is on the updated voter list for the 2013 national elections in July, a new report from the Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia shows.

Those who haven’t checked their names, the report says, could face trouble come election day if there are any discrepancies in spelling or identity details.

The situation would echo that of the most recent commune elections, when a number of voters were turned away at the polls for lacking matching identification documents.

The report placed the onus for the low turnout on the arm of the Cambodian government that runs elections, the National Election Committee.

“Comfrel is concerned that the majority of eligible voters failed to monitor their names on the preliminary voter list… The National Election Committee should pay attention to strengthening further distribution of information voter leaflets,” advises the report.

Although there were problems with turnout, the report noted that there were few irregularities during the registration period, which lasted from September 1 to October 12.

Still, the group cautioned, the lack of transparency by NEC concerning the preliminary results of the list were troubling.

NEC Secretary General Tep Nytha told the Post yesterday that the general registration period was conducted smoothly at the commune level.

“But some irregularities occurred when individual political parties and people filed complaints to the commune levels,” Nytha said.

“NEC is resolving 34 complaints and will announce the official result of the updated voter list on December 31.”

He added that more than 930,000 new voters have already registered to vote in the upcoming 2013 National Assembly election, and that there are approximately 9.7 million eligible voters.

To contact the reporter on this story: Vong Sokheng at [email protected]

MOST VIEWED

  • Proof giants walked among us humans?

    For years a debate has waged about whether certain bas relief carvings at the 12th-century To Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions at the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Siem Reap province, depicted dinosaurs or some rather less exotic and more contemporary animal,

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty