League for Democracy files NEC complaints

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The National Election Committe received 15 complaints filed by the League for Democracy Party (LDP), regarding the issuance of identity card certifications. NEC

After more than 10 days of reviewing voter registration, the National Election Committee (NEC) and commune councils received 15 complaints regarding the issuance of identity card certifications filed by the League for Democracy Party (LDP), according to NEC spokesman Dim Sovannarom on Sunday.

Sovannarom said 12 of the complaints were submitted to the NEC – one from Kampong Speu province, one from Kampong Thom, one from Kratie, two from Prey Veng and seven from Siem Reap. Three complaints were filed to commune councils in Kampong Cham province and Phnom Penh. They were all filed by the LDP.

“These [12] complaints are related to the issuance of identity card certifications,” Sovannarom said.

Sovannarom said the NEC will resolve the issues.

“The period for filing complaints is three days. The NEC resolves for five days and the council has 10 days to resolve. We follow the procedures in force. The NEC must resolve all complaints filed in accordance with the procedures of the law in force at each stage of the resolution,” he said.

LDP president Khem Veasna could not be reached for comment on Sunday.

But LDP spokesman Chen Thon said as of Sunday, the party had not received any response from the NEC.

“We have a number of agencies across the country to monitor daily for the period of 19 days from October 1 to 19 to check for irregularities in the NEC’s voter registration and registration process. It’s in order for this work to be done properly.

“We found a lot of irregularities, I cannot name all [of them], and we have described in the complaint. We also found some irregularities that have not yet been written down in the complaints,” Thon said.

Korn Savang, the survey and advocacy coordinator at the Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (Comfrel), said the duration of registering names was affected by floods and rainstorms this year.

He said the NEC should be prepared in advance in the event of such a disaster for future audits and voter registration.

NEC spokesman Hang Puthea said that among all the complaints, one has already been resolved. At present, the NEC is investigating all complaints filed by the party.

“The complaints filed by parties are related to voter lists and communes and district council officials who perform poorly on checking the voter list,” he said.

“Now I am looking into these complaints. Sometimes . . . the one who complained is wrong. Therefore, to find justice, the NEC has sent key officials to investigate this matter,” he said.