Interior Minister Sar Kheng has urged donor countries to continue funding the National Election Committee to ensure free and fair elections in the future.
On Saturday, Mr Kheng spoke at the NEC’s congress and said that donor countries had played a significant role in terms of technical and financial support in the 2018 national election.
“Although Cambodia’s elections have improved noticeably, the country and the people are still in need of support, such as technical assistance, funding, equipment and other electoral materials from international communities and countries that are friends for upcoming elections,” Mr Kheng said.
Mr Kheng said the aid is essential to improve elections in Cambodia in order to strengthen multiparty democracy, the rule of law, and economic development.
“Cambodian people have expressed satisfaction with electoral reform and at this point I would like to offer my deep thanks to donor countries, especially Japan,” Mr Kheng said.
For the 2018 national election, Japan and China donated equipment including ballot boxes and booths, as well as providing technical support, after the EU and US withdrew their assistance for the NEC following the dissolution of the former opposition CNRP.
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