Rectifying one of the greatest sources of outrage and discontent surrounding previous elections, the voter list compiled for upcoming commune elections has passed an audit with flying colors, though commentators remain skeptical as to whether the country will actually witness free and fair elections on June 4. The Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (Comfrel) on Tuesday published its full report on the completely remade voter list, following the NGO coalition’s release of a summary at a news conference last week. “This audit found that there are significant improvements on the quality of the 2016 voter list in its completeness, currency, and accuracy compared with the previous voter list,” Comfrel’s report says.
Comfrel verified names on the registration list by tracking down actual voters. It surveyed 2,690 voters around the country to check their details against what had been recorded on the new electoral rolls.
Ninety-eight percent of the names randomly selected from the new digitized voter list were found to be legitimate, compared to just 81 percent on the previous list, the report says.
Surveyed voters’ names had also been recorded accurately 96.8 percent of the time, their genders 99.7 percent of the time, dates of birth 96 percent and addresses 97 percent, it says.