Constitutional Council of Cambodia on Saturday ordered National Election Committee to punish eight election officials in Kratie province for irregularities in national election on July 28. However Ek Sam Ol, president of the top legislative body of Cambodia, announced the irregularities didn't impact the results of the national elections. Ek Sam Ol and most members of the council are member of ruling party Cambodian's People Party of Prime Minister Hun Sen. (Kong Sothanarith, Phnon Penh.)
China's foreign minister Wang Yi on Thursday held a meeting with foreign ministers of ASEAN countries in Beijing amid strained ties due to maritime territorial disputes. In a resort hotel in Burnei, defense ministers from the region discussed regional and international security issues with ministers from the United States, Japan, China, South Korea, India, Russia, Australia and New Zealand. (Reuters)
The issue is expected to be a major focus of the agenda in Beijing. It is also high on the agenda in Brunei, where regional defense chiefs are meeting with their counterparts from China, the U.S. and other countries. But a breakthrough is seen as unlikely.
Safety packages of ballots from Battambang province contain less irregularities comparing to those from Kratie province. Constitutional Council ordered National Election Committee to open the packages for verification in response to the complaints filed by Cambodia National Rescue Party. VOA's Khmer's Khuon Theara reports from Phnom Penh.
All of the 13 safety packages from Kratie province ordered to open by the Constitutional Council for verification were found not properly recorded and unsealed. The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party blasted the NEC for the irregularity and called it a serious fraud. However, NEC said it was merely a technical flaw. Constitutional Council member Prum Nhean Vichetr told reporters after checking the packages that the process was simply to ensure transparency in addressing the opposition's complaints and decision will come later. VOA's Khmer Kong Sothanarith reports from Phnom Penh.
Cambodia Town Film Festival co-organizers PraCh Ly and Caylee So are on a tour promoting the festival throughout the US. During their tour on the East Coast, they stopped by the Voice of America studio in Washington, DC. VOA Khmer’s Im Sothearith discusses the festival’s purpose and the organizers’ expectations.