Half a million voters register

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About 32 percent of newly eligible voters have registered. KT/Mai Vireak

The National Election Committee yesterday closed the voter registration list at 5.30 pm, with more than 32 percent of an estimated 1.6 million newly eligible voters having signed up successfully.

NEC spokesman Hang Puthea said final registration figures will be released today.

He said 525,459 new voters registered from September 1 to Wednesday, but the number of people who signed up yesterday was not yet known.

“The number of new voters registering this year is much better than the 2016 registration update,” he said. “In 2016, there were also more than one million people that did not register.”

“Most of the people in the country that have reached voting age came to register. The majority who did not register are those working abroad,” he added.   

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Say Sodany lives in Phnom Penh with her family, including one daughter who recently reached the voting age.

Ms Sodany said she was busy working and forgot to remind her daughter to register, however her other daughter took her sister to sign up at the last minute on Wednesday.

“If my child did not register to vote, it would have been the loss of a ballot for the party that my family supports at the next election,” she said.

Mr Vuthy, 38, from Kampong Thom province, said he planned to register to vote but decided not to because of ongoing political tensions in the country.

Next year’s general election will take place on July 29.

Sam Kuntheamy, executive director of election watchdog NICFEC, agreed that most newly eligible voters who did not register were migrant workers.

“The assumed political climate is making some people re think their registration as voters,” he said. “Some people forget to register as well and the fact that it was rainy season doesn’t help.”

He said the failure of about one million newly eligible people to register is unlikely to affect the upcoming elections, since more than 80 percent of people on the 2016 voter list took part in polls this year.

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