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Election Committee Cleans Up Voter Lists

More than 8.3 million Cambodians are registered to vote, government officials announced Thursday, following a review of voter lists in October.

The new lists include nearly 280,000 new voters, with more than 160,000 names deleted from registries, said EmSophat, a member of the National Election Committee.

“Those who were erased have deceased, changed locations or have double names” in registries, he said.

Cambodia is preparing for commune council elections in 2012, followed by national parliamentary polls in 2013.

The registration clean-up was observed by all five of Cambodia’s main political parties, and no complaints were made.

Observers said such a process in a non-election year was less crucial than in polling years.