New online registration system to streamline voting documents

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New system allows citizens to register for type 3 voter ID cards. NEC

The National Election Committee (NEC) has launched its Remote Voter Registration Exchange System to make it easier for citizens listed in the 2019 voter list using outdated Khmer identity card types 1 and 2 to update to type 3 which features a chip.

NEC spokesman Hang Puthea said on Monday the previous two identity cards are no longer valid to register to vote.

“In the past, the NEC accepted voter registration documents, such as Khmer identity card type 1 and 2, which are expired documents, according to a prakas issued by the Ministry of Interior,” he said.

Puthea said the change in voter registration documents was based on a law that required voters to use a Cambodian identity card when voting. The decision applies to the entire country.

Through the system, he said people in Cambodia and abroad do not need to go directly to an office to change their documents.

Citizens must have their correct names on their ID cards and they must match the names they used in 2019. Only then can they make changes online.

“The NEC aims to make the voter list better, more accurate and up-to-date,” he said.

The NEC announced the launch on August 27. It said the exchange system will be accessible on voterlist.nec.gov.kh starting August 28 to October 19 and voters who are using the same name they used in 2019 can apply to change their type of Khmer identity card during that timeframe.

Puthea said those who have different names or data than those they used last year must meet the voter registration team in their home commune. These visits can be made during voter registration from October 1-19.