The voter list review and electoral registration have run smoothly at all registration offices throughout the country, with the names of 334,124 people logged thus far.

National Election Committee (NEC) deputy secretary-general Som Sorida said on November 13 that the process had so far run for 24 days.

“From October 20 to November 12, the list review and registration at the 1,652 offices has gone well. The atmosphere has been safe and secure and the process has been orderly,” he said.

The NEC estimates that the number of people coming of age and now eligible to register to vote is nearly 410,000, with the NEC setting a time limit of 50 days.

“In the first 24 days, we registered 334, 124. This suggests that we are on track, as it is in line with our own projections,” he said.

He said there had been no challenges during the process.

According to an earlier press release, 154,950 names had been deleted from voter lists and 30,023 people had corrected their personal details. A further 54,515 had relocated to new communes and needed to transfer from one list to another.

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Hun Sen renewed his call for people of all political affiliations to register to vote and exercise their democratic rights in next July’s general election.

He also urged all political parties, whether they intended to field candidates in the next election or not, to tell their members to register to vote and make sure their details are currently up to date on the voter list.

“The democratic process must be conducted on a regular basis to be legitimate. In Cambodia, that means we must hold an election every five years. Electoral registration has been modernised to make it easier for us to offer this opportunity to all of our citizens,” he said.

Voter list review and electoral registration runs from October 20 to December 8, including Saturdays and Sundays.