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Sam Rainsy Party: Overseas Khmer Should Have Voting Rights

Lawmakers from the opposition Sam Rainsy Party (SRP) on Thursday propose constitutional amendments to allow overseas Cambodians to vote in Cambodian elections.

SRP lawmaker Son Chhay argues that the 1993 Cambodian constitution guarantees all Cambodians the rights to vote no matter where they live but that until now, that rights has not been exercised yet.

The opposition party is proposing the creation of voting centers in foreign countries where Cambodians are living.

It also proposes that overseas Cambodians vote in the Cambodian embassies in foreign countries.

Hundreds of thousands of Cambodians are living around the world including the U.S., Canada, France, Australia.

The majority of them are believed to have left Cambodia after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime in 1979.

Key lawmakers from the Cambodian People's Party could not be contacted for comments today.

FUNCINPEC lawmaker Moanh Saphan says he supports the idea if the ruling party approves it.

President of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) also supports the SRP proposal.