Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - NEC hits back at claims of bias in favour of CPP

NEC hits back at claims of bias in favour of CPP

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Traffic passes in front of the National Election Commission office in Phnom Penh. Pha Lina

NEC hits back at claims of bias in favour of CPP

The National Election Committee (NEC) released a statement hitting back against accusations that it has become biased to the ruling party, while also repeating oft-used government warnings on the dangers of “colour revolution”.

Dismissing “fabricated news” and “dirty tricks”, the NEC’s press reaction team wrote on Saturday that the group is still “independent, neutral, transparent, and fair”.

The NEC was originally made up of four ruling CPP-nominated members, four opposition CNRP-nominated members, and one neutral member. Following the dissolution of the CNRP and the resignation of three of its NEC appointees, three replacements were chosen – two from smaller parties that were awarded seats in the National Assembly following the dissolution, and another member with strong ties to the CPP.

Saturday’s press release appears to be a response to a series of posts made by Facebook news personality Chham Chhany. Chhany has accused the NEC of being biased and alleged – without proof – that the NEC submitted evidence to the Supreme Court on the CNRP’s involvement in a purported foreign-backed colour revolution.

“Colour revolution has taken place in the world for many decades and many countries in the world have suffered,” the NEC statement says, parroting ruling party talking points.

Sam Rainsy, the self-exiled former CNRP president, said the NEC was being forced to “implement CPP-inspired undemocratic laws”. He said the NEC’s statement was a “smokescreen”.

“The NEC, after the dissolution of the CNRP, has become an expedient tool for the CPP. Any future resolution to the current political crisis must include measures for the NEC to become more balanced in its composition and more powerful in its competence,” he said via email yesterday.

Rong Chhun, a former NEC official appointed by the CNRP who resigned after the opposition’s dissolution, said the NEC should focus on strengthening itself rather than dismissing criticism. Chhun also questioned the group’s statements on the nature of colour revolution.

“Colour revolutions happen depending on the situation of the country . . . If our country is peaceful, free and respects the law, there is nothing to worry about. Colour revolution happens as a result of social injustice,” Chhun said.

Chhun pointed out that people may sometimes protest for “freedom and justice” in Cambodia – the freedom to peacefully protest is enshrined in law – but this should not be considered a colour revolution.

MOST VIEWED

  • Angkor lifetime pass, special Siem Reap travel offers planned

    The Ministry of Tourism plans to introduce a convenient, single lifetime pass for foreign travellers to visit Angkor Archaeological Park and potentially other areas. The move is designed to stimulate tourism to the culturally rich province of Siem Reap as the start of the “Visit

  • Ice cream, noodles flagged over carcinogen

    The General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia (GDCE) has identified three types of instant noodles and ice cream trademarks originating from Thailand, Vietnam and France that are suspected to contain ethylene oxide, which poses a cancer risk to consumers. The general department has

  • Exclusive interview with Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the EU

    CAMBODIA is hosting the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings this week with top officials from the US, China, and Russia and other countries in the region slated to attend and to meet with face-to-face with their counterparts on the sidelines. In

  • Rise in Thai air routes to Siem Reap fuels travel hopes

    Local tourism industry players are eager for regional airline Bangkok Airways Pcl’s resumption of direct flight services between the Thai capital and Siem Reap town on August 1 – home of Cambodia’s awe-inspiring Angkor Archaeological Park – which is expected to boost the growth rate of

  • ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meet commences, Taiwan issue possibly on table

    The 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and related meetings hosted by Cambodia kicks off in Phnom Penh on August 3, with progress, challenges, and the way forward for the ASEAN Community-building on the table. Issues on Taiwan, sparked by the visit of US House Speaker

  • Recap of this year’s ASEAN FM meet and look ahead

    This year’s edition of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) hosted by Cambodia comes against the backdrop of heightened global tensions and increasing rivalry between major powers that have been compared to the animosity of the Cold War era. The following is The Post’