The National Election Committee announced on Friday that Phnom Penh and all provincial election committees would recruit 702 short-term contract officials to work for the upcoming national election in July.
NEC spokesman Dim Sovannarom said yesterday that candidates who intended to apply could go to the headquarters of the municipal and provincial election committees to see the announcement on Wednesday.
“The contract officials are recruited for serving election work, so the NEC is preparing to ensure it has both enough human and material resources to serve this election in order to avoid the rights of voters being violated due to the lack of human and material resources,” Mr Sovannarom said.
He added the NEC’s job was to ensure its independence, and its recruitment would be transparent.
The application forms will be distributed free of charge at the secretariats of the provincial election committees and will be accepted between April 12 and 22.
Mr Sovannarom added the NEC would notify the public later in regards to hiring contract officers to work at polling stations.
During the June commune elections, the NEC recruited more than 8,000 contract officials to work at 22,148 commune election committees and polling stations across the country.
Korn Savong, coordinator for election watchdog Comfrel, said that the officials could be broken down into technical officers, trainers and polling station officials.
“The number of officials recruited is not a problem, but it must choose those contract officials according to ability and effectiveness,” Mr Savong said.
Over the weekend, the NEC also announced that the registration of political parties and lists of candidates running for election on July 29 will begin on April 30 and finish on May 14. The registration of political parties’ observing agents will begin on June 29 and finish on July 5.
The registration of national observers will begin on April 23 and be completed on July 18, while registration of international observers will start on April 23 and finish on July 25.
The NEC also stated that foreigners as members of local associations and NGOs are not allowed to issue their own reports or make statements regarding the elections.
“After the election process is completed, the observers must provide the written reports about their observations and conclusions in the election process to the NEC,” NEC chairman Sik Bunhok wrote in the announcement on Friday.