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.
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.
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.
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.