Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - National Election Committee voter registration passes halfway mark

National Election Committee voter registration passes halfway mark

Locals line up to register to vote in Phnom Penh’s Boeung Keng Kang III commune last month.
Locals line up to register to vote in Phnom Penh’s Boeung Keng Kang III commune last month. Heng Chivoan

National Election Committee voter registration passes halfway mark

More than half of Cambodia’s 9.6 million eligible voters had been registered as of Saturday, despite the National Election Committee reporting that heavy rains had dampened the pace of registrations recently.

Updated figures released on the weekend show that 4.9 million voters had registered in the 36 days since the three-month registration period began on September 1.

While Svay Rieng, Ratanakkiri and Pursat had registered nearly 60 percent of voters, Battambang and Pursat, meanwhile, had registered just 40 percent.

NEC spokesman Hang Puthea said that heavy rains had slowed registration in some provinces, but that the bigger concern was with migrant workers.

“We are worried about people abroad, where we think that the percentage [of registrations] is low and that [citizens] are not participating as much,” he said.

Prior to the opening of registration, the NEC received requests to set up voter registration booths for migrant workers, which were turned down. While people can register outside their home province, they need a local witness to vouch for their residence.

Var Thorn, deputy provincial governor for Kratie, said the low registration turnout in his province – 39 percent – was because farmers were busy harvesting or planting crops and said that authorities were visiting them to get them to register.


  • PM imposes nationwide Covid restrictions, curfew over Delta scare

    Prime Minister Hun Sen late on July 28 instructed the municipal and provincial authorities nationwide to strictly enforce Covid-19 measures including curfew for two weeks from July 29 midnight through August 12 to stem the new coronavirus Delta variant. The instruction came shortly after he issued a directive

  • Two luxury hotels latest quarantine options for inbound travellers

    The Inter-Ministerial Committee to Combat Covid-19 has designated two luxury hotels as alternative quarantine options for travellers who wish to enter Cambodia through Phnom Penh International Airport – Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel & Residence and the Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Penh. In a notice detailing guidelines issued

  • Provinces on Thai borders put in lockdown amid Delta fears

    The government has decided to place several border provinces in lockdown for two weeks in a bid to prevent the new coronavirus Delta variant spreading further into community. According a directive signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen late on July 28, the provinces include Koh Kong,

  • Visa A holders get to quarantine at Himawari Hotel

    The Ministry of Health has permitted foreign diplomats, UN and International NGO officials to undergo quarantine at Himawari Hotel in the capital in case they do not have a separate place suitable for this purpose, but the government would not be responsible for the expenses.

  • Jabs for kids bring hope for school reopenings

    Cambodia is tentatively planning to reopen schools – at least at the secondary level – when the vaccination of children aged 12-17 is completed, even though daily transmissions and deaths in other age groups remain high. Schools across the country have been suspended since March 20, one month

  • China denies Mekong hacking

    As the US and its allies joined hands last week to expose what they allege to be China’s Ministry of State Security’s malicious cyber activities around the world, the attention also turned to Cambodia with the US Department of Justice claiming that four