Civil Societies Propose to Amend Internal Regulations of National Assembly

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Ou Virak (2R), Chairman of CCHR’s Board Director and other leaders of civil societies at the press conference at COMFREL’s office. (Photo by Ven Rathavong)

PHNOM PENH, August 5, (Khmer Times) – The head of the monitoring section of the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC), Ny Chakrya, said today that they will focus on the internal regulations of the National Assembly.  
 
ADHOC and other civil societies and independent experts agree that the bilateral reconciliation from July 22, may lead the way to more transparency in Cambodian parliamentarian processes. They propose a number of amendments on the internal regulations of the National Assembly (NA). They are:
Internal regulations should only be adopted by two-thirds majority.  
 
The Steering Committee will hold a public hearing on one day each week, without any vote taking.  External experts and stakeholders are to be heard in these hearings.
 
All documents and records (with few exceptions) are to be stored in the General Secretariat and must be made public. The General Secretariat will ensure public access to information, and attendance of public events of the NA.
 
Writers of draft laws are, if invited, to take part in public hearings inquiring into their drafts.
 
Under certain, clearly defined circumstances, the NA will conduct a public session discussing the dismissal of a member of the government.
 
The party not in power is to be recognized, and given the right to oversee the Ministries.
 
After the announcement of the final results of the election, the National Election Committee must submit the list of NA members (at least 120) to the King within three days.
 
A political party with less than ten seats is may form its own group.
 
“We want to adopt a new internal regulation for the two-third majority, this will prohibit any party from making amendments for their own benefits,” he said.
 
Mr. Koul Panha, executive director of the Committee for Free and Fair Election in Cambodia (COMFREL) said, “They monitor the proposals, because it is technical work, and they want democratic processes to run smoothly, and to maintain political stability.” 
 
Mr. Ou Virak, chairman of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights’ board of directors, said, “We want all parties in the parliament to have equal rights”. 

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