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Election observers registering

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People line up to vote in the June 2017 commune elections. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Cambodia Coordination Committee (CCOC) will register their members with the National Election Committee to participate in the upcoming national election in July.

Pouv Borey, CCOC director, said the organisation’s members will disseminate information about the election, as well as act as observers on election day.

Mr Borey added that CCOC has more than 2,000 members set to participate in the election process.

“The participation of my organisation is to check, investigate, monitor and assess the national election process to know clearly whether the electoral process has irregularities,” he said.

Mr Borey added that CCOC is a non-governmental organisation that has participated in previous national elections.

Earlier this month, the NEC issued a statement to welcome national observers for the election by allowing NGOs and associations that want to observe to register from yesterday until July 18.

“Following the completion of the electoral process, the national observers shall submit a report in writing on their observations and conclusions of the electoral process to the NEC,” the statement said.

NEC spokesman Hang Puthea said that as of yesterday, no association or NGO had fully completed the registration process.

“We have some organisations and associations that have contacted us to register as observers already, but they may need more time to prepare some documents,” he said. “They still have more time to register as observers.”

Korn Savong, with local election watchdog Comfrel, said his organisation has not yet finalised a decision on whether or not to register with the NEC to observe the election.

Mr Savong added that a final decision will be made in mid-May after the registration of political parties is completed.

In the June 2017 commune elections, there were more than 140,000 national and international observers.

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