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Friday, 6.7.2007: National Election Committee Rejects Sam Rainsy Party’s Request

Posted on 7 July 2007. Filed under: Week 515 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 515

1018 Form Is Still Fundamental for Those Who Reach the Voting Age

“Phnom Penh: Mr. Im Soursdey, the President of the National Election Committee [NEC], rejected the request of Mr. Sam Rainsy, the President of the Sam Rainsy Party, who asked for Khmer national identification cards to be defined as the principal document to be used for voting in 2008, and to end the use of Form 1018. The request to end the use of Form 1018 is an issue that cannot be accepted by the NEC, unless Point B of the new Article 54 is amended.

“According to Letter 273/07 NEC, dated 4 July 2007, signed by Mr. Im Soursdey, the President of the NEC, and sent to Mr. Sam Rainsy, the NEC informed Mr. Sam Rainsy that the new Article 50 of the law on parliamentary elections and the law on the amendment of this law state: ‘To be able to vote, citizens must have their names on the voter lists and have documents to identify themselves in the election.’ The documents for identifying the citizens are defined in new Article 54 of the law, such as a passport of the Kingdom of Cambodia, a Khmer national identification card, a civil servant identity card, a Royal Cambodian Armed Forces identity card, an identity card of National Police of the Kingdom of Cambodia, or a monk’s photo identity…

“However, Mr. Sam Rainsy had said in his letter dated 9 June to Mr. Im Soursdey that it is known through the experience in previous elections, that there were many Khmer citizens whose names were on the voter lists of the NEC, but they did not have Khmer national identification cards, and then they had to use Form 1018 instead to prove their identity as they went to vote. He continued that the use of Form 1018 caused difficulties to citizens who did not have photos or witnesses, recognized by the commune officials, or they were prejudiced against by the local authorities, causing hundreds of thousands of people to fail to vote.

“Mr. Im Soursdey stated in the letter to Mr. Sam Rainsy that Point B of the new Article 54 also defines for citizens, who do not have documents to identify themselves as mentioned above, that they have to go to meet the commune or subdistrict chiefs in order to get issued a letter of identification to fill out the forms for voting. He continued that this letter of identification is just called by the NEC Form 1018. Therefore, the request for the NEC to stop using Form 1018 is unacceptable, unless Point B of the new Article 54 is amended.

“Mr. Sam Rainsy had previously appealed to the NEC that, to reduce the difficulties and irregularities in the upcoming parliamentary elections, the NEC must cooperate with the Ministry of Interior, in order to push the issuance of Khmer national identification cards to all Khmer citizens who reach the age of voting, in response to the policy and the promises of the Ministry of Interior in front of the citizens and the donor countries. He continued that in order to guarantee the right to vote for the youth who will be 18 years old in 2008, the filling out of forms to get Khmer national identification cards issued should start from now. Only this measure will guarantees that the parliamentary election in 2008 will be fair, so that it can be accepted by all parties.

“Mr. Koul Panha, the Executive Director of the Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia , told Koh Santepheap by phone that the NEC should not use the implementation of Form 1018 as a permanent procedure for every election, it should seek ways in order to decrease the use of Form 1018. He continued that for issuing Form 1018, commune and subdistrict officials of all parties must participate in it properly too, and the NEC should organize the taking of photos by NEC officials for the citizens who have to fill out the Form 1018.” Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6084, 6.7.2007

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Friday, 6 July 2007

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1384, 6.7.2007

  • German Ambassador [Pius Fischer] Ends Mandate and Says Farewell to Samdech Hun Sen
  • Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen Receives Pakistani Ambassador [Mohamad Younis Khan]
  • Cambodia Welcomes Expansion of Financial Sector of South Korea in Cambodia [Shin Sang-Hoon, Director of Shinhan Financial Group, says he will expand business after the creation of Shinhan Khmer Bank in Cambodia]
  • 29 Commune Administration Office Buildings Officially Inaugurated [Kompong Thom]
  • 17-Year-Old Boy Rapes 12-Year-Old Girl [he is arrested – Ponhea Kraek, Kompong Cham]
  • First Female Japanese Minister of Defense [Koike Yuriko] Promises to Strengthen Relations with US

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6084, 6.7.2007

  • National Election Committee Rejects Sam Rainsy Party’s Request: 1018 Form Is Still Essential for Those Who Reach the Voting Age

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3203, 6.7.2007

  • Mr. Sam Rainsy: Most of Our Citizens Have Their Rights Violated Twice: They Lose Their Land, and They Lose the Right to Vote
  • NEC Is Still Dishonest by Maintaining Election Form 1018
  • Sam Rainsy Party Holds This Morning Ceremony to Commemorate the Dead of the 5-6 July 1997 Coup

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4329, 6.7.2007

  • The Prime Minister May Help Samdech Krom Preah [Norodom Ranariddh] through Compromises for the Withdrawal of Lawsuits
  • Ethnic Minority Students in Cambodia Meet in US Embassy to Test Their English
  • Minister of Commerce Pushes Local Producers to Look at Markets in Neighboring Countries and in China
  • “Renovate” Herbicide [from US] Tested First for Combating Thorn Plants in Cambodia

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3079, 6.7.2007

  • Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia May Run Out of Budget in April 2008 [according to an unnamed official at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal]

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #445, 6.7.2007

  • Sralanh Khmer Offers Airplane Fuel for Hun Sen to See Sites of [illegal] Logging in Prey Lang Area [Kompong Thom]

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