Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - NGO files complaint against NEC

NGO files complaint against NEC

The National Election Committee (NEC)'s Sik Bun Hok speaks during a meeting at the Ministry of Interior in February.
The National Election Committee (NEC)'s Sik Bun Hok speaks during a meeting at the Ministry of Interior in February. Pha Lina

NGO files complaint against NEC

An NGO has filed a complaint with the Anti-Corruption Unit against senior National Election Committee members for “colluding to commit corruption inside an independent institution”, relating to a transfer of the body’s employees from independent contractors to government officials.

The complaint, signed by Ros Sarom, director of Victory Intelligent Standard Association, who claimed to represent 10,000 intellectuals, government officials and NGO workers, was filed on June 2 and addresses nine NEC members, but specifically accuses four members – Sik Bun Hok, Kuoy Bunroeun, Hang Puthea and Mao Sophearith – of corruption.

“The 9 members, especially the director, deputy director, spokesman, and deputy secretary general colluded with one another to commit severe corruption in appointing and integrating civil servants in the general secretariat of the NEC,” the complaint reads.

Sarom said he had evidence to back up the accusation but refused to divulge any further details about the complaint and supporting documents, but offered to go to jail if the accusations were false.

Following a royal decree in February, the leadership and staff of the NEC became government officials instead of independent contractors.

ACU boss Om Yentieng confirmed the body had received the complaint and that they would look into it today.

“Three members from the association will be present and they can talk to us [about the complaint],” he said.

NEC spokesman Hang Puthea said that the complaint was “baseless” and, if proven wrong, could amount to defamation.

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia-Thailand rail reconnected after 45 years

    A railway reconnecting Cambodia and Thailand was officially inaugurated on Monday following a 45-year hiatus, with the two kingdoms’ prime ministers in attendance at the ceremony. On the occasion, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha travelled together from Thailand’s

  • Thousands attend CNRP-organised pro-democracy vigil in South Korea

    Thousands of supporters of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on Saturday gathered in the South Korean city of Gwangju to hold a candlelight demonstration calling for the “liberation” of democracy in Cambodia. Yim Sinorn, a CNRP member in South Korea, said on

  • US Embassy: Chinese trade does not help like the West’s

    The US Embassy in Phnom Penh on Friday said relations between China and Cambodia did not create jobs or help industry when compared to the trade between the Kingdom and the US. “About 87 per cent of trade [with China] are Chinese imports, which do not

  • New airport study set for 2019

    A feasibility study on the construction of a new airport in the Kingdom will be launched later this year, according to a Ministry of Tourism spokesman on Monday. The plan was approved last week in a meeting held by the Ministry of Economy and Finance