Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - NEC law very muddy




NEC law very muddy

NEC law very muddy

Dear Editor,

It seems Kassie Neou's appeasing comment in the PPP April 27 has done very little,

if any, to squash a rumour that he will be removed from the NEC. He must be very

disappointed for spending so much effort arguing so hard in support of a system and

a law that would eventually claim him as their first victim.

Kassie Neou, with all his wisdom and experience, is very content with a primitive

character of 1998 Election Law. One would like to think that even though Pol Pot

did eliminate most of the intellectuals a few years back, there are still a few smart

people left in Cambodia, like Kassie Neou, to come up with a much better legislation

at the outset.

Kassie Neou seems thrilled to proclaim that whatever flaws are in the Election Law,

Article 32 does allow for changes: "The chairman, vice chairman, and members

of the NEC shall serve until they are replaced". Good grief.

Perhaps, it would have been too much to expect an additional clause specifying how

the replacement process would take place. Would it be governed by term-specific mandate,

or by other trigger factor. As it stands, Article 32 is as clear as mud in terms

of changing the NEC composition Kassie Neou is so proud of.

Or, would one be too naive to expect anything decent from a system that has been

overwhelmingly controlled by personal interests and a bankrupt mentality that anything

will do as long as it is already better than Pol Pot's?

- Ung Bun Ang, Melbourne, Australia.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hungarian exposes 90 to Covid in Siem Reap

    The Ministry of Health has discovered 90 people who have been exposed directly or indirectly to a Hungarian man infected with Covid-19. They all are required to quarantine at home and the hospital. The ministry is searching for other affected people. Among the 90, one is the

  • PM warns of ‘new Cold War’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said the possibility of a so-called new Cold War has become a significant concern and that all countries have to reject outright, any attempt to allow history to tragically repeat itself. He made the remarks in a speech during 75th Session

  • PM: West unfair to Cambodia

    Prime Minister Hun Sen released a message celebrating the International Day of Peace on Monday, saying that some major powers and western countries had been systemically cooperating to put political pressure on Cambodia as they did in the 1970s and 1980s. Hun Sen said pressuring

  • ‘Bad news is an investor’s best friend’ – unlocking investment potential in Cambodia

    It is time to shop. Economic woes provide good pickings for investors if they know where to look The poem If, written by English Nobel laureate poet and novelist Rudyard Kipling for his son circa 1895, is widely perceived as fatherly advice for John who would

  • Cambodia, CRF win rice battle in EU Court

    The European General Court has rejected the European Commission’s (EC) request to reject a complaint submitted by Cambodia and the Cambodian Rice Federation (CRF) regarding the EU’s reintroduction of tariffs on Indica rice exports from Cambodia. A court order uploaded to the European

  • PM requests Russia’s Covid vaccine

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has requested that Russia provide Cambodia with its Covid-19 vaccine after the former announced it planned on mass vaccinating its population next month. The request came on Thursday through the prime minister’s Facebook page as he met with Anatoly Borovik,