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NEC set second voter list verification meeting

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People look for their names on voter lists posted in Chak Ange Leu commune of Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district in October last year. Hong Menea

NEC set second voter list verification meeting

The National Election Committee (NEC) on September 30 will hold a meeting with stakeholders on the most up-to-date voter list, population statistics and the estimated number of polling stations required for next year’s national election.

NEC will also discuss the progress of its issuance of invitations for people to check the voter list.

NEC spokesman Hang Puthea told The Post on September 29 that the meeting will be the second held as part of the process of updating and reviewing the voter list for the 7th parliamentary election, which is scheduled for July 23.

According to NEC estimates, more than 400,000 new voters have registered this year, with more than 100,000 being stricken from the list. NEC is continuing to issue invitations for people to confirm their details and update them if necessary, he said.

Puthea added that a large proportion of people nationwide had already received the invitation, as distribution began before the Pchum Ben festival. Many voters would have collected them as they visited their home provinces for the holiday.

NEC is updating the 2021 final voter list to reflect the names that need to be deleted, to add those who had recently turned 18 and to make sure that voters address details were accurate.

“This is also an opportunity for people to correct incorrect information, such as misspelt names or wrong dates of birth. It is also the time for people to update any identification documents which may have expired or been lost,” he said.

According to Puthea, NEC verifies the list – and new registrations – every year in accordance with the law in order to make sure it is as up to date as possible.

FUNCINPEC party spokesman Nhoeun Raden told The Post on September 29 that party officials regularly attend meetings with NEC and other stakeholders during the process of updating the new voter list. This is done to ensure that the latest information about the NEC’s processes is always available.

He thanked NEC for working closely with the party and giving FUNCINPEC – as well as others – the opportunity to participate.

“We congratulate the NEC for cooperating with all political parties so they obtain in-depth and up-to-date information on the election situation,” he said.

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