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Thousands must still register to vote: NEC

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The National Election Committee yesterday said that more than 8.5 million people have been officially registered on the 2018 voter list.

According to an NEC press release, there were 195,385 new voters registered in 2018, while 56,941 people were removed from the voter list.

The NEC added that 8,544,885 people are now registered to vote, of an estimated 9,908,243 eligible voters.

NEC spokesman Hang Puthea said those who have not yet registered can still do so.

“Generally, the last three months of the year is the time to update the voter list, but this is not a strict rule,” he said.

According to Mr Puthea, those who have not registered are mostly migrant workers.

“For people living abroad, the NEC provides information through embassies,” he said. “So, if they can do it, they can try to come to register to vote.”

Sam Kuntheamy, executive director of the Neutral and Impartial Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia, urged the NEC to increase the dissemination of registration information to ensure those who have not registered do so soon.

“They should enhance collaboration with local authorities and civil society organisations to help disseminate information and encourage residents eligible to vote to go to register,” he said.

The national election in July 2018 saw a voter turnout of 83 percent, with 6,956,900 valid votes and 594,659 invalid ballots.

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