Parties unveil NEC choices

By: Vong Sokheng

THE ruling and opposition parties this morning revealed their nominations for the new National Election Committee ahead of a Monday vote at the National Assembly.

The Cambodian People’s Party’s four candidates are lawmaker Sik Bun Hok – who has been nominated by his party for president of the NEC – current NEC members Em Sophat and Mean Satik, and retired Interior Ministry official Duch Son.

The Cambodia National Rescue Party has selected Kuoy Bunroeun, head of its election reform working group; Rong Chhun, president of the Cambodian Independent Teachers Association; Hing Thirith, a Supreme Court prosecutor; and retired civil servant Te Mani Rong, the only woman among the 24 shortlisted applicants.

The parties are expected to submit the names to parliament’s standing committee tomorrow prior to the April 13 vote.

In addition to approving the committee’s eight partisan selections, lawmakers will also vote on the ninth, “neutral” member, a role tipped to go Hang Puthea, head of election-monitoring group Nicfec, who was last week backed by the CPP and CNRP for the spot.

The creation of a new NEC was a key concession made by the CPP in July to get the opposition to end its boycott of parliament following the disputed 2013 election.

SOURCE: THE PHNOM PENH POST