China donates equipment to election body

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NEC president Sik Bunhok in a meeting with Chinese officials in September. NEC

The Chinese government has donated 30 items of office equipment to the National Election Committee (NEC) for use in the national election in 2018.

The equipment includes computers, printers, a photocopying machine, a camera and other items. NEC officials did not mention the value of the goods.

Sorm Soryda, the deputy director general of the NEC, told Khmer Times on Thursday morning that the equipment is the first donation from the Chinese government after technical officers from the NEC studied what they needed to oversee next year’s election.

Mr Soryda said: “The equipment will improve the NEC’s working process, even though the NEC has enough equipment to process the election. But we still need more equipment.”

He added that the NEC had planned a budget of $52 million for operating the national election in 2018, but this can be reduced by the government.

Mr Soryda said there have been donations from China and Japan and Japan will also give more ballot boxes as some are too old and the number of voters are increasing.

The Chinese donation followed a request from the NEC after the US and EU announced the suspension of funding to the NEC after the dissolution of the opposition CNRP.

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