CNRP Support’s NGO Neutrality

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PHNOM PENH: 11 March 2014 (Khmer Times) – The ruling Cambodian People’s Party today urged NGOs to fulfill their tasks neutrally without giving a favor to a political party.
NGOs in Cambodia are often criticized by for giving a favor to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party.
The CPP officials raised the issue during their meeting this morning with officials from the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), said CNRP senior official Son Chhay.
The meeting also discussed the reform of National Election Committee, Chhay said, adding that the Joint Committee of the two parties will meet again on March 17 to resume the talks. 
Earlier, the   CNRP  leader, Sam Rainsy had met with civil society groups and NGOs on Friday and asked for recommendations ahead of resuming electoral reform talks with the ruling CPP on Monday.
“We wanted to ask civil society for their ideas,” CNRP President Sam Rainsy said after the meeting.
“We want the negotiation process to be open and transparent and observed by journalists and civil society groups who can also give their opinion.”
The CNRP alleges widespread electoral fraud in July’s ballot.  About 50 people from organizations including Adhoc, Transparency International, and the Committee of Fair and Free Elections in Cambodia (Comfrel) attended the meeting.
Koul Panha, Comfrel executive director, stressed the importance of identification cards in regards to electoral reform.
A separate report NGOs working in democracy, human rights and transparency revealed that all face a lack of cooperation from Cambodian authorities, especially in the provinces but recent talks between the CNRP and the CPP and the positive outcome of Monday’s meeting may see a better ending to this saga.

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