The National Election Committee has received and settled 150 complaints in regards to preliminary voter lists for February’s Senate election.
An NEC press release issued yesterday said 150 complaints were received by the capital and provincial election committee from December 30 to January 14.
Among the complaints, 144 were approved, one was denied, three had already been resolved and two were withdrawn.
NEC spokesman Dim Sovannarom said, “The capital and provincial election committee have already resolved all the complaints. Most are related to voter list data of the candidates.”
The press release added that three of four political parties standing for the election filed complaints, including the Cambodian People’s Party with 123, the Khmer National United Party with ten, and the royalist Funcinpec party with 17.
Funcinpec party spokesman Nheb Bun Chhin said his party was satisfied how the majority of complaints had been handled.
“We disagree with the wrong spellings and how some voting areas allow people to go in and out while other places do not allow this,” he said.
He added that although there have been political problems in the past, he thinks the election could be carried out smoothly since Cambodia has experience organising elections, civil society organisations have experience monitoring them, and because the political parties involved are mature.
Yoeurng Sotheara, law and monitoring officer for the Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia, applauded how the complaints were handled, especially since only one had been denied.
“This is a non-universal election. There won’t be any problems because there is no strong political opposition. Now there is only one strong party, so we seem to know the results of this election already,” he said.
The election of members of the Senate is non-universal, meaning voters consist of lawmakers and commune councillors. The election, which will take place on February 25, will have 33 polling stations and 11,695 voters.