The National Election Committee made a public call on
Wednesday for Cambodian voters to register and update their information with
Those eligible to vote have until Oct. 20 to update their
local voter lists in order to participate in future elections.
The next nationwide election will be held in 2012, when
voters elect commune council members. The NEC updates voter registration lists
"It is very important that people participate in the
election," said Tep Nitha, secretary-general of the NEC. "They must
go check their names on voting lists to avoid the problem of a lost name
in the coming election. And the young generation who will be 18-years-old by the
end of 2008 must go ask to be registered on the voter list of the
The NEC took two months following July's election to update
its lists, and Tep Nitha said Wednesday between 250,000 to 350,000 youths will
be of voting age this year.
Opposition leaders and election monitors said following
July's election the voter registries were inaccurate, making it
difficult for some to vote and displaying some names twice.
Problems with registration have caused apathy in some of the
voting public, said Hang Puthea, executive director of the Neutral and
Impartial Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia.
"We see the announcement of the NEC in commune
headquarters," he said, "but it seems that people are less interested
after the general election and people are not well informed."