Wednesday, 01 October 2014

Cambodia

Report Outlines Myriad Concerns for July Polls

NEC Secretary-General Tep Nitha told VOA Khmer that the election body cannot be blamed for low participation among women, either.NEC Secretary-General Tep Nitha told VOA Khmer that the election body cannot be blamed for low participation among women, either.
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NEC Secretary-General Tep Nitha told VOA Khmer that the election body cannot be blamed for low participation among women, either.
NEC Secretary-General Tep Nitha told VOA Khmer that the election body cannot be blamed for low participation among women, either.
Kong SothanarithVOA Khmer
PHNOM PENH - The Cambodian Center for Human Rights has issued a report outlining concerns for the the national parliamentary elections, scheduled for July.

The report, which adds to a growing number of concerned parties, points to the ruling party’s control of state institutions and resources, a lack of women representatives and a potential fall in voter turnout as perils for the upcoming polls.

The report also accuses the National Election Committee of bias to the ruling Cambodian People’s Party, a charge the election body denies.

NEC Secretary-General Tep Nitha told VOA Khmer that the election body cannot be blamed for low participation among women, either. “We can only encourage political parties to add more women to the [candidate] list,” he said.

Ou Virak, head of the center, said the report shows a decrease in political participation that has dropped from about 90 percent in the past to 60 percent in the last election.

“It reflects the will of the population,” he said. “Meaning, they do not have confidence in the outcome of the elections, and it was not neutral.”

Ruling Cambodian People’s Party officials say they have followed the law in elections and campaigns, and will continue to do so as the country heads to the polls July 28, voting for local parliamentary representatives who then chose the prime minister.

“We are doing this based on the law,” Cheam Yiep, a CPP lawmaker, said.
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Cambodia Foreign Minister UN Speech Touches More on World Issues, Less on Cambodiai
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29 September 2014
Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong's speech to the UN’s General Assembly on Monday in New York touches more on world issues and less on Cambodia. Before delivering his speech at UNGA, Hor Namhong told VOA Khmer that Cambodia was now enjoying peace and political stability after the two winning political parties in 2013 election had agreed to work together. His speech comes as Cambodia’s profile on the world stage has expanded in recent years. Cambodia has and improved economy and a growing participation in UN missions around the world. But Hor Namhong’s speech also comes amid deep criticism of Cambodia’s human rights record and a controversial agreement with Australia to help it resettle refuges in exchange for aid money. (VOA Khmer's Pin Sisovann, Washington)

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