The National Election Committee yesterday announced the need to recruit more than 100,000 contracted officials to assist in the national election in July.
According to an NEC statement, committee officials have informed the general public that 137,802 temporary officials are to be recruited by both provincial and municipal election committees to assist in the election in July.
It said that all potential recruits must meet NEC requirements and come to a commune election commission office to pick up an application, which must then be submitted prior to July 8.
NEC spokesman Hang Puthea said that municipal and provincial election committees needed to recruit so many temporary officials because the voter list has grown.
“We are aiming to recruit more short-contracted officials compared to previous elections because the number of registered voters has increased,” Mr Puthea said. “We are prioritising people who worked on previous elections.”
Last week, the Interior Ministry and NEC announced that the country now has 22,967 election offices, an increase of 3,958 when compared to the national election in 2013.
Twenty political parties have officially been registered to contest the election. The NEC said that the campaign period will commence on July 7 and run until July 27. Voting day is July 29.
The government is expected to deploy about 19,000 security personnel across the country to safeguard the election process.
Sam Kuntheamy, executive director of election watchdog Nicfec, said yesterday that it is standard operating procedure for the NEC to increase the amount of officials during an election season.
“Because election officials have been increased, the NEC’s budget will also increase,” Mr Kuntheamy said, adding that the NEC is expected to spend more than $53 million in July.
He said that everyone eligible to vote should participate in the election, regardless of what they think the outcome will be.
“I’m appealing to every eligible person to follow their will and vote,” he said.