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Cambodia's electoral system significant improved, UK envoy told

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National Election Committee (NEC) chairman Prach Chan meets with UK deputy ambassador to Cambodia Marc Thayre on February 11. NEC

Cambodia's electoral system significant improved, UK envoy told

National Election Committee (NEC) chairman Prach Chan said the Cambodian electoral system has been revamped with voter lists upgraded to improve its accuracy.

Chan made the remarks on February 11 during a meeting with UK deputy ambassador to Cambodia Marc Thayre, according to NEC's press release issued after the meeting.

“NEC chairman Prach Chan said the election system in Cambodia has been revamped, both in legal and technical aspects, from one mandate to another. This has made the NEC's organisation of previous elections successful,” it said.

Chan was quoted as saying that since 2016, election registration has been revamped, from registration by hand to the use of computer software. The voter list has also been improved, with relevant parties acknowledging that it is complete, accurate and up-to-date.

“Non-governmental organisations and civil society have also engaged in the election process, such as by observing elections and educating voters,” he said.

Chan also touched on recent complaints regarding a form used to record election results known as Form 1102, which some political parties said have been changed. He briefed Thayre that there have actually been no major change in the form.

NEC recently announced that Form 1102 will no longer be filled out by hand by election officials and given to each political party’s agent directly at polling stations on the day of the election as they were previously.

It explained that after the government provided funding for the NEC to purchase computers, they decided to change the rules and procedures by no longer making copies of Form 1102 by hand and instead using scanners to make digital copies of the master document as it could prevent errors and save time and effort.

Form 1102, it added, would then be uploaded to its website for the public to verify at each commune and will be sent to the political party agents present at each voting station.

It said there are no other changes aside from this.

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