Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sar Kheng met with European Union Ambassador to Cambodia George Edgar on Tuesday to discuss issuing identity cards for the coming national election.
According to Mr Kheng’s cabinet officer Phat Sophanith, Mr Edgar asked for clarification on the process of providing identity cards to people so they were able to vote, and asked whether the Interior Ministry had a data system to keep track of voters.
Mr Kheng said the ministry had created a department to respond to issues surrounding identity cards and had plans to print many more.
“The ministry plans to produce 1,090,000 identity cards until December 31, 2018,” Mr Kheng said.
Earlier this month, the National Election Committee estimated that more than a million new voters would register to vote.
Mr Kheng said yesterday that the new identity cards required people to print all their fingers on it, so there was no chance of people using outdated identity cards.
Also the government had a plan to provide documents to clarify the identity of Cambodian migrant workers in neighbouring countries such as Thailand.
However, this depended on the cooperation between the Thai and Cambodian governments as well as the Cambodians’ employers, he said.
Another issue discussed at the meeting was about the involvement of non-government organisations working as observers and informers during the election.
Mr Kheng said the government regarded all local and international NGOs as partners.
“The government supports NGOs joining in the election and broadcasting voting rights and voting procedure,” he said.
“Meanwhile, all NGOs must fulfill their conditions and register at the Ministry of Interior.”