PHNOM PENH, August 14, (Khmer Times) – The FUNCINPEC Party said that the new members of the National Election Committee (NEC) make it unpartisan but not independent.
Nhiek Bun Chhay, from the FUNCINPEC party said that the agreement between the two major parties didn’t fully respond to demands of the Cambodian people yet. He points out that the NEC seat allocation only incorporates the two major Cambodian parties.
There are at least six political parties representing the Cambodian people: the FUNCINPEC Party, the Cambodian National Rescue Party, the Khmer Anti-Poverty Party, the Republican Democracy Party, the League for Democracy Party, and the Cambodian People’s Party.
Only two of these parties are members of the NEC. And five out of six criticize that the committee may be unpartisan, but not politically balanced. It represents the largest and most powerful parties and can, therefore, not be truly independent, nor represent the wishes and opinions of all of the citizens.
Civil society organizations such as The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC), Transparency International Cambodia (TI), Community Legal Education Center (CLEC), The Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (COMFREL) also expressed similar views.
They criticized that even though the NEC is selecting its new members to achieve a balance of power, it does not achieve independence.