The National Election Committee yesterday said it is committed to strongly follow the Kingdom’s laws when carrying out electoral reforms.
Speaking at the appointment ceremony of seven new senior NEC officials at its headquarters, NEC chairman Sik Bunhok said reforms are necessary to ensure independence and carry out free and fair elections.
Those appointed yesterday were Sam Savuth, chief of the Operations Department, Vong Chamroeun, Internal Audit Department chief, Sam Bunhong, Training and Voter Education Department chief, Sin Dara, Administrative Department chief and Dy Phearun, chief of secretariat at NEC’s General Secretariat.
“As NEC chairman, I have laid out many policy reforms in order to promote work efficiency and strengthen institutional capacity to increase productivity in response to the needs of voters who have been increasing every year,” Mr Bunhok said.
He noted that the NEC had been undergoing reforms since 1998 and will continue doing so according to suggestions during its annual meetings.
“During our meeting there are some deficiencies which were pointed out for us to address in reforming the electoral process,” he said. “These include legal aspects, technical work, departmental restructuring, human resources and financial management.”
Mr Bunhok noted that key areas which need to be strengthened include management and human resources development.
“I will try my best to ensure there is no nepotism when appointing officials and will strengthen discipline in the NEC,” he said. “It is necessary to carry out electoral reform to ensure that all eligible voters are registered and are allowed to cast their ballots.”
Sam Kuntheamy, executive director at Neutral and Impartial Committee for Free and Fair Election in Cambodia, yesterday said that his organisation will wait and see whether the NEC carries out its electoral reforms effectively.
“We are waiting to see whether their reforms work well or not,” he said. “I do not entirely believe that it will work well because since the CNRP was dissolved, there is no strong opposition representation in the NEC.”