Three members of the National Election Committee (NEC) have submitted their resignation following the dissolution of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party by the Supreme Court.
In a joint letter to National Assembly President Heng Samrin, seen by Khmer Times, the three members are among four appointed by the opposition party.
Those submitting resignations were NEC deputy president Kouy Bunroeun, Rong Chhun and Te Manirong. The fourth member from the opposition, Hing Thirith, remains in place.
They cited dissolution of the CNRP and diverting seats to other political parties as an abuse the constitution, the election law and more importantly the will of the people who voted for the opposition, not other parties.
“The act [division of seats] will direct influence the election process in 2018, which could not guarantee a free and fair election,” the letter says.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court dissolved the CNRP following a lawsuit from the Ministry of Interior based on complaints from the two political parties, Funcinpec and the Cambodian Youth Party.
Following the dissolution of the CNRP, the Interior Ministry ordered a freeze on salaries of elected CNRP members, and for party banners across the country to be torn down.
Prime Minister Hun Sen continued to urge opposition councillors to defect to the ruling Cambodian People’s Party to keep their positions, with a deadline of November 24.
Mr Chhun told Khmer Times he could no longer remain neutral after the dissolution of the opposition party.
He would relax for a time being before considering other social issues to help the nation.