Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Voter registration drive finishes with record number voters listed

Voter registration drive finishes with record number voters listed

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Officials at a registration centre in Phsar Doeum Thkov commune of the capital’s Chamkarmon district in October. Heng Chivoan

Voter registration drive finishes with record number voters listed

The number of eligible voters on the voter list has reached 9,203,262 – the highest number ever recorded – including 442,440 new registrants who registered to vote prior to the November 30 deadline, according to National Election Committee (NEC) officials.

NEC member Hel Sarat said at a meeting with stakeholders on November 30 that the verification of the voter lists and the registration of voters in every commune across the country began on November 12 and finished on November 30.

Sarat also said that 215,275 names were removed from the voter list, another 184,081 had their information updated and 144,126 people relocated to new communes, making the final tentative number of people on the 2021 voter list 9,203,262.

NEC spokesman Som Sorida said that if the tentative number holds up after examination, it will be the highest figure yet recorded.

He said that in the past 49 days, the NEC’s voter registration team has worked with nearly one million eligible voters, despite the disruptions of Covid-19 and flooding.

“They worked with more than 440,000 newly registered people, deleted more than 210,000 names and corrected the data of nearly 200,000 people. During this period, they also verified the transfer of nearly 150,000 voters from their old commune of residence to a new one, which is a large figure compared to other years,” he said.

Sorida gave his assurances that the voter list being prepared by the NEC is guaranteed to be up-to-date and acceptable for the upcoming commune council election in 2022.

Top Rithy, head of the NEC’s General Department of Legal and Technical Services, said that in 2020 there were 202,614 newly registered people as compared to 2021 which had 442,440 new voters – an increase of about 200 per cent.

He said NEC estimates the number of people over the age of 18 who are not yet on the voter list using statistics based on three data sources – the population statistics of the Ministry of Planning, the statistics on citizens from the Ministry of Interior, and the population statistics taken from communes across the country.

He said that from 2017 until the date of the election next year it is estimated that there will be more than 1.6 million people who have turned or will turn 18, including people living and working abroad who have not yet registered on the voter list. The NEC will still permit migrant workers and those who were abroad to register for the upcoming elections if they return to Cambodia.

Sao Vandeth, a representative of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), said his party appreciated the hard work that went into preparing the annual voter verification and registrations and he was glad to see that it went smoothly without any significant problems.

Ry Sovanndalin, a representative of the Cambodian Intellectuals Association, said this year’s voter registration process was apparently a success and he was glad to see the increased use of technology to facilitate voter registrations.

However, Sam Sokuntheamy, the executive director of the Neutral and Impartial Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (NICFEC), said that although the total number of voters registered is higher than last year, it still has not reached the figure that NEC had planned for because some people remained undecided as to whether they will cast a ballot.

MOST VIEWED

  • Volunteer scheme to foster ‘virtuous’ humanitarian spirit

    A senior education official said volunteer work contributes to solidarity and promotes a virtuous humanitarian spirit among the youth and communities. Serei Chumneas, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, made the comment during the opening of a training programme called “

  • Chinese firms unveil preliminary results on metro, monorail for capital

    Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol and representatives from China Road and Bridge Corp (CRBC) and its parent company, the state-owned China Communications Construction Co Ltd (CCCC), met on June 24 for talks on results of the firms’ preliminary study on a potential metro

  • ACLEDA, WU to enable global money transfers

    Cambodia's largest commercial bank by total assets ACLEDA Bank Plc and global money transfer firm Western Union (WU) have partnered to offer customers cross-border money transfers to 200 countries via “ACLEDA mobile” app. In Channy, president and group managing director of ACLEDA, said the June 22 agreement

  • Cambodia detects new Covid cases after 52 days: PM

    After 52 days of zero new Covid-19 cases, Cambodia has now detected new infections, according to Prime Minister Hun Sen. In his special audio address to the nation late on June 28, Hun Sen said the new cases were detected on people who had undergone PCR tests

  • Higher education leaders tour US

    With support from the US Department of State, 10 Cambodian leaders in higher education participated in the 10-day International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP) in three US states from June 19 to July 1. They included nine university rectors and directors of higher education institutions who are members of

  • Gold-covered boundary stone found within Angkor Thom’s West Gate

    The Apsara National Authority (ANA) announced that their working group in charge of restoration work at Angkor Thom's Takav Gate or the West Gate recently found an ancient stone slab commonly known as a boundary stone. The boundary stone is 53 cm by 53 cm and 12 cm