PHNOM PENH, Nov. 3, (Khmer Times) – Former judge Ith Rady has been elected to the Supreme Council of Magistracy for a five-year term in a vote held in the National Assembly (NA) today.
108 of 123 lawmakers took part in the vote, with NA first vice president Kem Sokha and a number of other lawmakers from the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) absent from the proceedings.
CNRP spokesman Yim Sovann said yesterday that the CNRP does not support the election process, as they remain opposed to the three reforms to the judicial system implemented in May. The reforms limit the independence of Cambodia’s courts, according to the CNRP.
Under the reforms to the organization and functioning of the council, the NA appoints just one of the council’s 11 members.
Five candidates with extensive experience in Cambodia’s judicial system were nominated for membership of the Supreme Council of Magistracy: Ith Rady, Kong Sarith, Van Phan, Phat Pov Sieng and Toch Sakhuen.
No candidate earned an absolute majority of votes during the first round, but Mr. Rady received the necessary ballots during the second round of voting.
Mr. Rady, an under secretary of state at the Ministry of Justice, received 66 votes in the second round of voting, with 40 votes declared void, one vote of abstention and one vote going to Mr. Phan.