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NEC defends its neutrality

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NEC chairman Sik Bun Hok. KT/Mai Vireak

The National Election Committee has defended its neutrality after receiving criticism from the public.

“Remarkably, some injudicious people posted information to attack the NEC to damage the people’s belief in it before the 2018 election process,” the organisation said.

Three former CNRP officials resigned from the NEC after their party was dissolved by the Supreme Court.

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.

“The NEC is still absolutely independent, neutral, transparent, and just,” it said.

“The biggest principle of the NEC is to ensure people have the right to vote and have their names on the voting list.”

Sam Kuntheamy, executive director of election watchdog NICFEC, said the public was posting on Facebook that the NEC had lost its way and become a pawn of the government.

“This information is not too important because the national and international community will not use Facebook posts to draw conclusion on the independence of the NEC,” he said.

Mr Kuntheamy noted that the new NEC members, Nuth Sokhon, Sim Sovannarom, and Hel Sarath who replaced former NEC members Kouy Bunroeun, Rong Chhun, and Te Manirong, had resigned from their party positions.

CPP spokesman Sok Eysan said the NEC remained independent and would not be pressured by anything.

“Just because three NEC members resigned by themselves, it does not mean the NEC lost its neutrality,” he said.

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