More than 2,000 national observers have been approved by the National Election Committee (NEC) to observe the 2020 voter list and voter registration process.
“As of [yesterday], the NEC has allowed 2,201 national observers from eight associations and non-governmental organisations to observe the 2020 voter list and voter registration process,” the NEC said in a statement yesterday.
It said 2,202 people applied to be observers. One applicant from Reachsey Association was rejected by the NEC after the association submitted 72 applicants and the other 71 were approved.
The highest number of observers is from the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia with 1,934 approved, followed by the Cambodian Women for Peace and Development with 141 observers.
Two local NGOs each had the lowest number of observers at seven respectively, Chamroeun Chiet Organisation and Family Community for Agricultural Development.
National observers are Cambodians or foreigners who are members of local associations and non-governmental organisations recognised and authorised by the NEC, the statement said.
Capital, provincial, district, and commune counsellors, village chiefs, assistant village chiefs and the armed forces are not allowed to observe the voter list and voter registration process, it said.
The application process for national observers has been underway since September 1 and will end on December 21.
NEC spokesman Hang Puthea told Khmer Times yesterday that the observers are the eyes and ears, representing key relevant institutions. They will oversee voter registration or election processes.
“The number of the observers will slightly increase because the closing date is next month,” he said.
Puthea added that political parties’ observers were also placed at all the communes throughout the country. The political parties are direct participants in the election process.
He said the applicant who was rejected is in Preah Sihanouk province. The reason for the rejection is because the name of the applicant was written without a space, meaning that it was written without a surname.
Cambodia will hold the next commune election in 2022 and the national election in 2023.
The NEC has recorded 8,834,752 voters on the voter list this year.