Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Scant jobs in politics for youths

Scant jobs in politics for youths

Scant jobs in politics for youths

120813_03

Sin Chan Pov Rozeth, 25, campaigns in her native O’Char commune, in Battambang province, ahead of June’s commune election. She now serves as deputy commune chief. Photograph: Pha Lina/Phnom Penh Post

Young people rallied to support political parties at June’s commune election, but few have been rewarded with paid internal positions as a result, election watchdog Comfrel says.

The Kingdom’s political parties are lagging when it comes to developing policies that reward young people for wanting to be involved in party politics, despite many of them being highly educated, according to a Comfrel statement released on Friday.

“A number of teenagers . . . were activists for political parties during the commune election and the number of teenagers who voted was a much larger number than the previous [election],” it says. “However, the activities of youths have no bearing on the decisions political parties are making.”

According to Comfrel’s data from the June 3 ballot, 54 per cent of Cambodians voted in the commune election.

A large percentage of those who did were aged between 18 and 35.

Sin Tithseyha, a teenager involved in a Comfrel seminar in the capital on Friday, said more than 300,000 more youths voted in June than at the previous election, but political parties were continuing to operate as usual.

“We see that youths are paying a lot of attention, but there is no exact structure or policy that allows them to make any decisions,” he said.

Seng Rithy, president of the Khmer Youth Association, said most parties had a youth membership of almost 10 per cent, but only about half of those youth members were actually voting.

“Many faced difficulty travelling to election stations, or faced complications such as their name being removed from the voting list,” he said.

CPP parliamentarian Cheam Yeap said his party was focused on developing the next generation of political leaders.

“We have to strengthen youth participation in the middle level, such as at provincial, town and district levels,” he said. “But at the moment, officials in this middle level offer us a lot . . . thus we can’t simply replace them [with youths].

“However, if the next generation is competent . . . they are a very good source of human resources for us,” he said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Chhay Channyda at [email protected]

MOST VIEWED

  • Breaking: US House passes 'Cambodia Democracy Act'

    The US House of Representatives in Washington, DC, on Monday, passed the “HR 526 Cambodia Democracy Act”, also known as the Cambodia Democracy Act of 2019. If signed off by the president, the bill will allow two major sets of action to be taken against high-ranking Cambodian

  • Shanxi wins bid to build sections of new Siem Reap airport

    Shanxi Mechanization Construction Group recently won the bid to build two sections of the new Siem Reap Angkor International Airport project in Cambodia for 290 million yuan ($42.16 million). The existing Angkor International Airport in Siem Reap, 5km from the famous ancient temple complex and world tourism

  • ‘Zero-dollar’ tours under fire

    Minister of Tourism Thong Khon has blamed “zero-dollar” tour operators for the decrease in foreign tourists to Angkor Archaeological Park in the first half of this year and has called for action against them. Angkor Archaeological Park received 1.24 million foreign visitors in the first half

  • Breaking: Rubbish found packed inside 83 containers at S'ville port

    Eighty-three containers packed with rubbish were broken open at Sihanoukville Autonomous Port by joint authorities on Tuesday. The origin of the containers has yet to be ascertained, Ministry of Environment spokesman Neth Pheaktra said. Pheaktra, who is also the ministry’s secretary of state, said