Sar Kheng urges party members to address modern issues ahead of 2022 commune elections

A man rides a bicycle past a banner asking people to confirm their personal information and register to vote ahead of the 2022 commune election, October 4, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Relying on traditional political messaging about the Khmer Rouge era won’t be enough to sway public opinion in the 2022 commune council elections, said deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng on Monday.

In closing arguments, defense argues insufficient evidence to convict Rong Chhun and two activists in border incitement case

Rong Chhun leaving the Supreme Court in November 2020. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

In Friday’s closing arguments in the border incitement trials of prominent unionist Rong Chhun and activists Sar Kanika and Ton Nimol, the defense called for a full acquittal on the grounds of insufficient evidence.

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.