UN Special Rapporteur Briefed on Cambodia’s Earlier and Planned Elections

Visiting UN special rapporteur Ms. Rhona Smith and her delegation have been briefed by the National Election Committee (NEC) on earlier and planned elections in Cambodia.

NEC, reported the committee's spokesperson H.E. Hang Puthea after the briefing taking place yesterday at its office here Phnom Penh, reiterated its role as a technical and independent team to ensure free and fair elections.

He added that, with this said, the committee responded to the concern of the UN rapporteur over the 'one-voice' result of recent senate member election that it was the decision of the voters which is beyond the responsibility of NEC.

Grounding on the same independent spirit, the committee will ensure another high-standard of the up-coming national election in July.

NEC updated the visiting UN delegation that for now it is not time yet for the committee to register observers of the election, and that it welcomes observers from the UN as well as other international communities and countries.

While thanking NEC for the briefing, Ms. Rhona Smith expressed her appreciation of the committee for quality arrangement of the July 2017 commune/Sangkat council election.

After the ten-day visit, from Mar. 5 to 14, the assigned special rapporteur on human rights in Cambodia is expected to submit her next report for the UN Commission on Human Rights by September this year.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press