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Election Monitor Prepares Observers, Chiefs

Hang Puthea is the executive director of the Neutral and Impartial Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia.

His group has monitored Cambodian elections since 1998, and this year plans to deploy 700 observers throughout the country, Hang Puthea said Monday, as a guest on "Hello VOA."

He has also scheduled, with UNDP funds, to train village chiefs in election procedures.

Meanwhile, the NEC was preparing to do its work for the election, he said.

Legally, the NEC must be independent, but the national committee's political tendencies should be judged by the people, he said.

What's interesting, he added, is that so many people choose to exercise their right to vote.