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Hun Sen unveils three NEC replacements

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Former NEC member Rong Chhun. Supplied

Prime Minister Hun Sen said members from two political parties and one NGO would replace the three members of the National Election Committee who resigned from the body following the dissolution of the CNRP.

Speaking to about 10,000 garment workers in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district, the Prime Minister said that the seats would be filled by a representative from the Funcinpec Party, Cambodian Nationality Party and one civil organisation.

Three members of the NEC, each nominated by the CNRP, resigned following the dissolution of the opposition party last week.

Vice-chairman Kouy Bunroeun, Rong Chhun and Te Manirong, said they could not continue to serve the NEC because it would mean betraying their own conscience.

A fourth member from the opposition, Hing Thirith, remains in place.

“One from Funcinpec party can be vice-president of the NEC, the Cambodian Nationality Party can have a member and the other can come from an NGO,” Mr Hun Sen said yesterday.

Mr Hun Sen added that the resignations would not affect next year’s national election.

“There is no reason to worry, the vote will go forward because those three people will be replaced,” he said.

Sam Kuntheamy, executive director of elections watchdog NICFEC, welcomed the restoration of the vacated seats.

“The electoral process is not stuck because they will select three members to replace them soon,” he said.

Hang Puthea, NEC spokesman, could not be reached for comment.

The NEC was revamped with nine senior leaders in April 2015 under a political agreement between the CPP and the CNRP following protests after the 2013 national election.

The composition of the committee included four elected officials from the CPP, four from the CNRP and one from a civil society organisation.

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