The National Election Committee (NEC) says it will consider prolonging voter registration in some areas only if it’s needed as compiling this year’s voter list ends in two weeks. Voter registration is changing from a manual to a computer system. Registration started on September 1 for next year’s commune elections and the national election in 2018. The process ends on November 29. Hang Puthea, a spokesman for the NEC, said yesterday that the organization’s top officials are going to the 25 provincial capitals to discover the challenges which have cut the rate of registrations from 70,000 in a day to below 30,000.
“After the mission to these places, we will meet and discuss the action to take. The NEC will consider prolonging the process in some areas that need more time because voters have difficulties registering,” he said.
The NEC does not expect every eligible voter to register because some might want to give up their vote. But Mr. Puthea hoped people would use their right to vote.
The NEC said on Monday that about seven million people have registered to vote. This represented more than 73 percent of the nine million citizens over the age of 18 who are eligible.