The National Election Committee (NEC) has added three new functions – location of polling stations, candidate lists and voting results – to its NEC KH mobile app to provide information to the general public ahead of the June 5 commune council elections.
In its May 15 press release, the NEC said the first feature – location of polling station – will make it easier for citizens and election-related parties to find information about the location of municipal and provincial election commissions, commune halls, commune election commission offices and polling stations throughout the country.
The second feature will make it easier to check the lists of candidates and to see the order of the votes gathered by each person standing on the ballot in each commune, while the other function will provide information on the overall results of the election.
The NEC noted that if members of the public already have the app installed on their devices, they just need to update it to access the new features.
Those who do not have it installed yet should visit Google Play for Android phones or the App Store for iOS phones, type in the name “NEC KH” and download and install it.
Users can also access or search for articles, photos and videos produced by the NEC to disseminate important information and educate voters through the app.
NEC spokesman Som Sorida told The Post on May 16 that the NEC has always taken care to provide as much election information to the public as possible.
“People will be able to see the locations of each of the 23,602 polling stations. They will also be able to see how many political parties are contesting each commune and how many candidates each party has nominated.
“Anyone using the app will also be able to see the election results in all 23,602 offices and 1,652 communes and see the provisional and official results of the election,” he said.
According to Sorida, the three new functions will be important tools – both for the public and for political parties – because they include updated lists of candidates, along with a wealth of additional information.
FUNCINPEC party spokesman Nhoeun Raden told The Post on May 16 that the inclusion of these new features would make it easier for citizens and political parties to track information on their mobile phones – which are a widely used and up-to-date technology.
“In Cambodia, nearly 90 per cent of the population is comfortable and competent using a mobile phone. This will make it simpler for everyone, including political party representatives, to observe and monitor the elections,” he said.