Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - New NEC chairman to be announced this June

New NEC chairman to be announced this June

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
National Election Committee (NEC) office. Hong Menea

New NEC chairman to be announced this June

The National Assembly’s (NA) Permanent Committee approved two candidates for the position of National Election Committee (NEC) chairman. The new chairman should be announced this June.

NA President Heng Samrin on June 15 chaired a video conference of the NA’s Permanent Committee to approve the candidates and forwarded their names to the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) to select one whose name will be returned to the committee.

NA spokesman Leng Peng Long told a press conference that the two had stepped forward for the position after the NA announced the selection of candidates from June 11-15.

“The two candidates – Prach Chan, currently chairman of the NA’s First Commission, and Kar Lean are qualified to be candidates,” he said without specifying the background of the latter.

“Therefore, the NA’s Permanent Committee decided to send the candidates’ names to the CPP, one of whom will be chosen to be the NEC chairman,” he added.

Peng Long told The Post that according to the law, the NA has three days to decide and elect a candidate, starting June 15.

“According to the law, three days are allowed, but the party can decide prior to the deadline. But it’s not more than three days. The NA will then submit the result to the plenary session for a vote of confidence,” he said.

He said that in this work, the NA will announce the decision concerning the new NEC chairman later this month.

CPP spokesman Sok Eysan said the party had not yet made a decision and is waiting for the NA to send the candidates’ names.

Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia survey and advocacy coordinator Korn Savang said the new chairman must be neutral and ensure fairness for voters.

“Whether the NEC chairman is new or old, please look at the general independence and think about what are the principles that are useful for the electorate, and do not to think about the party’s policies, even if they are from that party. I hope that the new chairman will be independent,” he said.

Prach Chan declined to comment on his decision to run for office, while Kar Lean could not be reached for comment.

Former NEC chairman Sik Bun Hok’s resignation was approved by the NA’s Permanent Committee on June 4, citing poor health as the reason for his departure.

MOST VIEWED

  • Siem Reap drain canal now ‘mangrove’ promenade

    A more than half a kilometre long stretch of canal in Siem Reap has been covered and turned into a promenade to attract visitors, said Ly Rasmey, secretary of state at the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, on September 16. The new pedestrianised

  • Angkor wildlife, aquarium park still to open October

    The Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium complex about 30km southeast of Siem Reap town with initial total investment of more than $70 million is reportedly still on track for an end-October opening. The park is located on a 100ha plot along National Road 6 in Kbon village, Khchas

  • Final verdicts for Khmer Rouge leaders ‘vital’ for next generation

    Nearly a decade after the commencement of Case 002/02 against Khieu Samphan back in 2014, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) is now set to deliver its final verdict for the former Khmer Rouge head of state. The Supreme Court Chamber of the ECCC,

  • Typhoon Noru brings flash floods – 16 dead

    An official warned that that the 16th typhoon of the season, Noru, had brought heavy rains to areas the Mekong River and flooded thousands of homes in the provinces bordering Thailand. As of September 27, the death toll from the flooding had risen to 16. National Committee

  • Defence minister reaffirms Kingdom’s staunch support for One-China policy

    Minister of National Defence General Tea Banh has reaffirmed Cambodia’s unwavering support for the One-China policy. Tea Banh was speaking at the September 20 ceremonial handover of 117 vehicles and other military equipment donated by China’s defence ministry, held at Phnom Chumreay International Military Training

  • Deaths due to ‘lifestyle’ diseases rise in Kingdom

    The Ministry of Health has called on people to pay closer attention to their health to protect themselves from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) which it said have caused high rates of deaths in the country. Ministry secretary of state York Sambath made the call at a