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NEC to Reinstate 1,000 Voter Names

The National Election Committee will reinstate more than 1,000 voter names for a single Phnom Penh commune, a large number of residents for one small area.

The committee decided to add the 1,138 onto the voter registry for July's national election, NEC Secretary-General Tep Nitha said, because the names were omitted by the "carelessness of the clerk and the Stung Meanchey commune council."

The NEC has faced criticism in the past over its decision to strike names from the voting lists. On Thursday, the governmental body issues 8 million controversial voter information cards that critics say could lead to voting bias for the ruling Cambodian People's Party.