The European Union (EU) on Wednesday donated 25 different kinds of electronic equipment to the National Election Committee (NEC) for the upcoming voter registration for the 2017 commune elections. According to a press release issued by the NEC on Wednesday, the electronic equipment included 2,400 HP notebooks, 2,425 computer monitors and various kinds of electronic equipment that will arrive soon. “After receiving the laptops and equipment, voter registration for the new voter list in 2016 should be carried out without any problem,” read the letter. Hang Puthea, an NEC spokesman, told Khmer Times that all voters will be electronically registered from September 1 to November 29, while the election will be held on June 4 next year.
“It is an electronic voter registration system and we have three months to do this work. This is an official registration for the election in Cambodia to register 9.6 million voters across the Kingdom. We hope we will succeed in doing so,” said Mr. Puthea.
However, Mr. Puthea said one negative was that the number of communes was on the rise – before there were 1,633 communes, but the number had risen to 1,644. “As a result, extra work will be needed to work with those new communes. Also the rainy season is still a major problem for our team to register voters in the countryside,” added Mr. Puthea.
Each of the 1,644 communes will be assisted by a team from the NEC to register approximately 7,000 citizens living in each commune.