Cambodia’s new voter registration system will use a computer program to register eligible citizens who have a national identity card and are over the age of 18 before election day, according to a National Election Committee (NEC) technical officer at a media training event on Friday. Tob Rethy, head of the department of voter database management and NEC voter lists, explained the registration process and addressed reporters’ security concerns. “The names of villages, communes, districts, provinces, capitals and other important details are already included in the program, meaning program users are not allowed to write or add more villages or communes,” he said. “We will use a 3G service to send the data to the server at the NEC head office in Phnom Penh. In case data cannot be sent through the Internet, the user can store it on a flash card or SD card, then send the data file to the NEC commune office for forwarding to the capital,” he said.
However, Mr. Rethy declined to reveal how the data would be protected, fearing it might give hackers the information they needed to launch an attack.
“The voting application cannot be installed on another computer besides the laptop given by the NEC, and the program will alert before it automatically shuts down when the number of registered voters reaches the maximum of 750 [per user account],” he added.
Nearly 20 kinds of electronic tools will be used in the registration process. “A laptop, a power bank, a mouse, a monitor, a fingerprint scanner, a webcam, a camera stand, a modem and SIM card, a USB hub, a USB flash drive, a USB extension cable, an SD card, a gray background cloth, a generator, network cable, a switch, a bag, a zinc carrying case and an electrical outlet will be used,” he said while explaining their functions during a slideshow.