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More than a dozen institutions set to observe upcoming elections

Pech Sotheary / Khmer Times Share:
More than 1,000 national observers will watch over municipal, provincial and district council elections on Sunday. KT/Siv Channa

The National Election Committee yesterday said 19 national institutions will participate in monitoring Sunday’s municipal, provincial and district council elections.

NEC spokesman Dim Sovannarom said all-in-all, the 19 institutions consist of 1,010 observers from groups such as the Union of Youth Federations in Cambodia and NGOs.

Mr Sovannarom said no international observers have registered, but they have until today to do so.

“Five political parties have been registered to have their observers monitor polls and count ballots,” he said. “These parties are the CPP with 406 observers, Funcinpec with 109, the Khmer National United Party with 97, Khmer Will Party with 64, and Cambodian Youth Party with 28.”

Sam Kuntheamy, executive director of election watchdog Nicfec, said he hopes that the election process will be carried out with transparency.

“Although the number of national observers is small, and there are no international observers, we can accept an election that is transparent because we know there are more than 10,000 voters across the country,” Mr Kuntheamy said, adding that Nicfec will not deploy its observers.

KWP president Kong Monika said his party will deploy 64 observers to major parts of the country, such as Phnom Penh and the provinces of Kampong Cham, Banteay Meanchey, Kampong Thom, Kandal and Prey Veng.

“The deployment of KWP observers will give youths an opportunity to participate,” he said. “They will also be aware of the various procedures of an election and get experience to prepare for a major one like the commune and parliamentary elections.”

According to an NEC press release in April, seven political parties are registered to compete. These parties are the CPP, Khmer National United Party, Funcinpec, Khmer Nationality Party, Khmer Youth Party, Khmer Will Party and Khmer Republican Party.

Registered political parties began campaigning last week to garner support from their members, with the CPP and KNP beginning in Phnom Penh.

Hundreds of CPP members flocked to a campaign gathering on Koh Pich, while dozens of KNP members rallied at their party headquarters in Meanchey district.

There are 559 seats up for grabs in Phnom Penh and the 24 provinces, while there are 3,555 seats up for grabs in all districts and cities across the Kingdom. Only commune councillors are eligible to vote.

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