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Saturday, 9.6.2007: Sam Rainsy Party Demands Voter Registration Cards for 2008 to Be Issued by Computer

Posted on 10 June 2007. Filed under: Week 511 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 511

“As a part of efforts to guarantee justice and fairness for the elections in 2008, the Sam Rainsy Party [SRP] demands voter registration cards to be issued by computer.

“The SRP said in a statement on 7 June 2007 which Moneaksekar Khmer received on Friday morning, ‘To guarantee free and fair elections, we demand the use of computerization throughout Cambodia – i.e. the voter registration cards are to be issued by computer and given to the voters in 2008, including to young people who are now 17 years old.’

“This demand was made after the SRP had found many negative aspects which happened during the previous elections, which are described by the party – a party which uses tricks towards the people, as it tends towards the Cambodian People’s Party [CPP] and cause obstacles to the supporters of the opposition party and to other people whom they find that they do not support the CPP.

“The statement said that the government tries to prevent voters, who are not CPP supporters, from voting in 2008.

“For the election on 27 July 2008, the SRP sees two main weak points, based on previous experience, such as the complications which made a number of people fail to vote on 1 April 2007. This is not acceptable, and it happened extensively due to the incompetence or the intention of the administration of the election process.

“As a policy of the opposition party in Cambodia, and as a democratic one, it has to do whatever possible to achieve the ‘all who have the right to vote must be able vote’ goal.

“This party revealed irregularities which happened, because the organizers misunderstood, or they had the intention, to do what happened, so that the voter lists were challenged. The SRP warned, ‘This issue must be solved for the 2008 election.’ And to overcome these problems, the SRP strongly demands that the arrangement for the elections should be conducted very carefully and strictly, for the voter lists to be correct; so the SRP finds that everything should be started in September [the date for election is 27 July 2008] so that at least 45 days before the election day everything is finished.

“The Sam Rainsy Party also reminded people of the wicked tricks of local officials, people of the CPP, whose purpose is to do whatever to make members of other parties to lose their rights to vote – for instance, that village chiefs distributed information cards, but they distributed them only to the people about whom they knew that they are CPP supporters. For the other people, the officials just passed their houses. In addition, some commune and subdistrict officials also tried to keep the names of displaced people and the names of dead people on the lists, so they could easily conduct fraud.

“Concerning this, the SRP demanded that the commune and subdistrict authorities must remove the names of displaced and of dead people from the voter lists. Moreover, the SRP also reminded the National Election Committee, ‘Don’t forget that foreigners have no right to vote.’

“The second issue is also described in its report: that there are many Khmer people who left their homes to find jobs in other places, such as in neighboring communes, or to work in Phnom Penh, or to move to different populated areas, as well as to neighboring countries to find jobs – but whose names were deleted from the lists after their absence, because they went to find jobs to earn their living somewhere else. Regarding this issue, they may have lost their right to vote, that is why the SRP demands that this problem be urgently stopped.

“Concerning the above mistakes, the SRP voiced concern and demands to prevent that names of voters, who are known that they do not support the CPP, will be removal from the lists.

“The first step which the SRP finds which could improve and lead to fairness for the 2008 National Election, is that the voter registration cards to be issued by computer. It is a way which is known that it can be used to avoid confusion and politicization of the 2018 [sic – it should be 2008] election procedure.

“Relating to this, Mr. Sam Rainsy, the leader of the opposition party, also stated on 7 June 2007 during the meeting with the commune and subdistrict council members in Phnom Penh, that almost 90% of those who failed to vote, because they had lost their right to vote in the previous elections, are people who wanted to support the SRP. Mr. Sam Rainsy linked this comment to the questions of non-government organizations who had asked ten people, and nine of them said they would have voted for the SRP, therefore, the policy of the SRP at this time is to do whatever, so that all those who have a right to vote can vote.” Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3180, 9-10.6.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Saturday, 9 June 2007

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1361, 9.6.2007

  • Kem Sokha [President of Human Rights Party] Does Not Care about a Mocking Poem [about his political ambition, by Suon Sereyratha living in the USA]
  • North Korea Test-fires Anti-Ship Missiles

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6061, 9-10.6.2007

  • No Addition of Parliamentary Seats: Council of Ministers Keeps Same Number for Fourth Term Parliamentary Seats at 123
  • National Assembly Adopts Amendment [of articles 139 and 144 of labor law]: Working at Night Is to Get 130%; Working Overtime Is to Get 200% [of salary]
  • Criminal Procedural Code of 162 Articles Is Adopted by National Assembly
  • [South] Korean Company [Booyoung Co, Ltd.] Provides 300 School Buildings to Royal Government of Cambodia
  • Yuon [Vietnamese] Businesspeople Rush to Buy Monkeys to Export to Vietnam [Preah Vihear]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3180, 9-10.6.2007

  • Sam Rainsy Party Demands Voter Registration Cards for 2008 to Be Issued by Computer
  • German Ambassador: Illegal Logging Spreads in Cambodia; Positions of Forestry Administration Officials Are Sold and Put Up for Bid
  • Mr. Yim Sovann [Sam Rainsy Party parliamentarian from Phnom Penh] Pushes [Minister of Interior] Sar Kheng to Issue Identity Cards and Family Record Books to Kampuchea Krom Khmers
  • Prime Minister Doesn’t Need Foreign Consultants, but He Needs Yuon [Vietnamese] Experts, Doesn’t He? [says an official at the Council of Ministers – mocking]
  • 3-Star General [named not given] of Ministry of Interior Pulls Out Gun and Points It at Électricité du Cambodge Official’s Head, Because Electricity to His House Is Cut Off [because he did not pay electricity fees]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4306, 9.6.2007

  • Cambodian People Compete with Each Other to Change Cars; Sellers Are Happy [Ean Samay, Director of a car magazine, says sellers of new cars and used cars said that their business increases, a symbol of economic growth. Increasing number of cars on narrow streets cause traffic jams. An official says traffic jams are caused by drivers who do not respect the laws.]
  • Thai Military Officer [Burapha Special Task Force – at border – Division 12 commander Col. Chaichaiyan Sothornchai ] Asks for Suspension of Visas to Cambodian Muslims
  • Ministry of Environment Decides to Suspend Activity of Dyeing [Lin’s Textile Co, Ltd.] Factory in Sihanoukville and Fine It Riel 10 Million [approx. US$2,500, because it releases liquid waste into the sea]

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3057, 9.6.2007

  • More Corruption and More Serious Human Rights Violations – Cambodia Gets More Aid [mocking]

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #422, 9.6.2007

  • German Ambassador Criticizes Government for Confiscating Global Witness Books; Mr. Pius Fischer Says He Once Heard the Sound of Chain Saws During the Night at Oral Mountains [as he stayed there overnight – Kompong Speu]
  • Cambodian Ambassador to Britain [Hor Nambora] Asks International Community to Stop Aid to Global Witness; Director of Global Witness Asks Donors to Pressure Hun Sen

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