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NEC updates voter registration list

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NEC leaders hold a press conference yesterday. KT/Siv Channa

The National Election Committee yesterday said about 85 percent of all citizens eligible to vote have been registered on the voter list.

The list is updated by the NEC on an annual basis.

NEC vice chairman Nuth Sokhon said 8,629,357 voters have been registered and that the amount equals 84.78 percent of all eligible voters.

He noted that registration was done in communes during a 22-day period beginning on May 1.

Mr Sokhon said 108,272 new voters were registered and that 42,918 names were stricken off due to death or change of address. He said that last year, 536,674 new voters were added.

Mr Sokhon said the NEC will set up a working group to have voter registration done in villages across the Kingdom.

“We will work close with people in villages to have them registered to vote,” he said.

Mr Sokhon noted that the voter list is kept by the NEC.

“A database for the official voter list is kept safely and we will review it,” Mr Sokhon said.

NEC secretary-general Tep Nytha acknowledged that there is a decrease in registration.

“[The decline] is related to people not caring because it’s not an election year,” Mr Nytha said.

He added that the NEC is currently requesting Japan to help educate young eligible voters in order to prepare them for the 2022 commune elections.

Sam Kuntheamy, executive director of the Neutral and Impartial Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia, yesterday said there are multiple factors that caused the registration decline.

“It’s because people above 18-years-old do not care enough,” Mr Kuntheamy said. “Political parties are not encouraging people, including migrant workers abroad, to register.”

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