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Japan to give $7 million to election committee

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A voter drops her ballot in the box during the commune election in June last year. KT/Mai Vireak

The government of Japan will provide 800,000,000 yen, or approximately $7 million, to the National Election Committee (NEC) for the general election in July.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs released on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn and Japan’s ambassador to Cambodia Horinouchi Hidehisa will sign the grant aid on Wednesday.

The funding to the NEC will be for ballot boxes as well as other necessary equipment.

“Japan’s continued assistance to Cambodia, as a whole, and to the National Election Committee in particular, represents Japan’s commitment to help the Kingdom of Cambodia to achieve economic growth and sustainable development,” reads the statement.

NEC Secretary General Tep Nytha said previously that China had also provided vehicles worth about $12 million at the end of 2016 and would be donating ballot boxes and walkie-talkies ahead of the election.

The US and EU have threatened to cut off funding to the NEC following the dissolution of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party in November last year, but Japan and China continue to fund the NEC and not comment on Cambodia’s internal affairs.


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