The Committee for Free and Fair Elections on Thursday
sharply criticized the government's top election body and commune-level
authorities for the omission of tens of thousands of voters from registries in
last month's election.
Comfrel recorded 1,148 cases of name omission in 17
municipalities and provinces, sometimes with as many as 50 or 100 names missing
in one case.
An estimated 57,000 names were deleted from voter lists
ahead of Election Day, and competing parties have blamed the Cambodian People's
Party and the National Election Committee.
The new cases were recorded separately from those deletions,
and Comfrel's chief investigator, Mar Sophal said Thursday the NEC and local
authorities were to blame.
"The NEC and commune authorities are responsible for
the increasing loss of the voters' rights," he said.
Thursday's criticism was the most pointed to date of the
national election body, which is comprised of a majority of CPP appointees and
has been criticized in the past for political bias.
"There are serious problems affecting the loss of the
voting rights, more so than the last election," Mar Sophal said. "The
loss of voters' rights is a very serious problem."
NEC officials said Thursday the Comfrel report was not
"But we welcome what Comfrel has raised," NEC
Secretary-General Tep Nitha said. "I think Comfrel negatively assessed the
NEC election process, and Comfrel cannot look into the main problem."