With no credible opposition, minor parties prepare for non-competitive elections

Motorists drive past the Khmer Will Party's headquarters in Phnom Penh, July 12, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Ou Chanrath, the founder of the newly formed Cambodia Reform Party (CRP) and a former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) lawmaker, said that party officials had been repeatedly questioned by authorities while collecting fingerprints to submit to the Ministry of Interior so that the party can compete in the upcoming commune elections.

Public reluctant to trust the independence of new NEC president

Prach Chan (R), the new chairman of the National Election Committee, receives the NEC seal from Minister of the Royal Palace Kong Sam Ol at a ceremony in Phnom Penh, June 30, 2021.CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

The new chairman of the National Election Committee (NEC) pledged his commitment to ensuring that Cambodia’s upcoming commune and national elections are free and fair amid doubts from civil society groups about the former CPP lawmaker’s independence.

Former ruling party lawmaker selected as new NEC chairman

Prach Chan, the new chairman of the National Election Committee, is seen on live television at the National Assembly in Phnom Penh, June 24. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The National Assembly on Thursday voted to appoint former provincial governor Prach Chan as the new chairman of the National Election Committee (NEC) to replace Sik Bun Hok, who resigned on June 3 due to health issues.

NEC chairman steps down due health problem

Sik Bun Hok, chairman NEC holds a lot drawing to determine the order of political party on ballot papers for the July 2018 election, in Phnom Penh, Picture taken on May 29, 2018. CamboJA/ Samrang Pring

Hang Puthea, spokesman for the NEC, confirmed the resignation saying that he has an unspecified medical issue for which he received surgery abroad. He sent his resignation to the National Assembly on Tuesday and it was approved Friday.