Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - NEC opens poll registration for May council elections

NEC opens poll registration for May council elections

NEC opens poll registration for May council elections

040209_03.jpg
040209_03.jpg

Registration to open Feb 16, amid complaints opposition appointments have been held up by Interior Ministry.

Photo by:
TRACEY SHELTON

The NEC met on Tuesday to discuss voter registration for the May poll.

THE National Election Committee (NEC) has called for the Kingdom's 11,353 commune councillors to register for voting in the May 17 district, municipal and provincial council elections, giving those eligible from February 16 to March 9 to register with the election authority.

But lawmakers from the opposition Sam Rainsy Party  appealed to the NEC during a meeting Tuesday, asking it to take action to expedite the recognition of about 200 commune councillors by the Ministry of Interior  - a necessary step in order for them to be registered as voters.

According to electoral law, councillors who resign their seats can be replaced by candidates of the party's choosing, but must first be approved by the ministry.  

"We need the NEC to guarantee that the SRP's eligible voters will be on the voter lists in May," said SRP lawmaker Kuoy Bunroeun.

"The legal process to gain the approval of [the Information Ministry] is supposed to take only four days, but we are concerned that the continuing delay will cause eligible voters to lose their rights at the polls."

NEC Vice President Sin Chum Bo informed all political representatives at the meeting to be careful during the period of registration, saying all eligible voters must comply with the regulations and the directives of NEC.

"We are here to get feedback from all participating political parties and are ready to help resolve the problem via the legal process," she said.

Nearly 30,000 police are expected to be deployed during the council election campaign, which is scheduled from May 1 to May 15, following a security report drafted last month by NEC Chairman Im Suosdey and Minister of Interior  Sar Kheng.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Dire consequences’ from sanctions, warns AmCham

    American businesspeople in Cambodia have warned that any sanction against the Kingdom would have “dire consequences” that could push Cambodia even further into the arms of China. In a letter to US senators and representatives dated Monday, the American Chamber of Commerce Cambodia (AmCham) said

  • Protests planned in New York as Hun Sen to attend the UN

    Prime Minister Hun Sen will speak at the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week. But US-based supporters of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) plan to throw eggs at his car as part of a series of protests to coincide

  • CPP: ‘Behave or Sokha suffers’

    The ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) spokesman warned Kem Monovithya on Thursday that her attempt to damage “national reputation and prestige” would lead to her father, Kem Sokha, receiving even harsher punishment. Sok Eysan issued the warning as Monovithya, who is the court dissolved

  • Preah Sihanouk beach developments halted

    After receiving an order from Hun Sen, Minister of Land Management Chea Sophara led a team of experts and relevant officials to Sihanoukville to call a halt to the illegal development of a beach. The prime minister ordered the Prek Treng beach in Otres commune