Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - More than 130K: NEC gives OK to poll observers

More than 130K: NEC gives OK to poll observers

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
NEC members speak to the press on the security protection at polling stations for the commune elections yesterday in Phnom Penh. Touch Sokha

More than 130K: NEC gives OK to poll observers

The National Election Committee has so far approved more than 30,000 observers from NGOs for the June 4 commune elections and confirmed that more than 100,000 observers affiliated with political parties will also monitor voting.

With just a few weeks left for observers to apply for clearance, an NEC statement released at a meeting about election security yesterday shows that the institution accepted 30,640 national observers from nine organisations so far.

The NEC also approved 41 international observers, most of whom come from the EU and the Chinese Embassy.

The application deadlines for national and international observers are on May 24 and May 31, respectively. The dozen political parties on the ballot will provide 105,076 observers in total, with the ruling CPP and opposition CNRP posting 44,614 and 43,596 observers, respectively.

NEC Secretary-General Tep Nytha said the commission is waiting for indelible ink, which will be used on election day to indicate who has already voted, to arrive from India. In the 2013 national elections, a Comfrel report found that the ink used could be cleaned off a few hours after voting.

MOST VIEWED

  • Serious flooding across country

    The Kampong Speu provincial Committee for Disaster Management on Wednesday issued an alert after non-stop heavy rain caused widespread flooding. In Koh Kong province, authorities are working with the disaster committee and the Cambodian Red Cross to assist those affected after more than 350 homes were

  • CNRP points to King in call for vote boycott

    Leaders of the former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have taken a new tack in their call for a boycott of the national elections later this month. They are now claiming that the people should follow the King, who is expected to abide by tradition

  • Actress’s NGO takes heat for promoting the ruling party

    An actress’s NGO which participated in an election campaign event contrary to the Law on Association and Non-Governmental Organisations (Lango) has been slammed. Chorn Chanleakena, a celebrity and the president of the Association of Artists Volunteering to Help Society, allegedly led its members in

  • Troop moves ‘won’t worry people’

    Senior officials at the Ministry of Defence and National Police said on Tuesday that riot training provided to the country’s police forces were aimed at preventing unexpected demonstrations and strikes before and after the July 29 national elections. The troop mobilisation, they said, would not