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Friday, 29.2.2008: National Election Committee Publishes Voter List on a Website so that It Can Be Reviewed

Posted on 29 February 2008. Filed under: Week 549 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 549

“Phnom Penh: The National Election Committee [NEC] posted its voter list on the website

so that citizens, political parties, and non-government organizations can check the names and data of their staff in the voter list, according to a press release from the NEC on 27 February 2008.

“NEC Secretary General Mr. Tep Nytha said that the list of more than 8 million voters for the 27 July 2008 parliamentary election was posted on a website, and citizens can look into the information on the website given above, from 26 February to the election day. If citizens cannot find their names or lose their data, they can contact the National Election Computer Center of the NEC during working hours at the following phone numbers: 011-787766, 015-867766, 017-467766, 092-797766, or 099-787766, so that the staff on standby can help them.

“He added that currently, the NEC has two websites. The first website has the address

General information on elections was entered into the website which was started for the 2003 parliamentary elections, and it is in operation until now. The second website has the address, which has been operational just this year. The website carries only the voter lists. He continued to say that citizens, political parties, and institutions related to the elections, can print or download and copy information concerning the voter list from the website.

“On 27 February 2007, the NEC held a press conference to disseminate the official voter list and to announce the number of the organizations which had given their opinions about the draft regulations and procedures for the 2008 fourth-mandate parliamentary election. Mr. Im Suosdey, the chairperson of the NEC, had examined and approved the voter list already on 26 February 2008. The list has a total of 8,124,092 voters. He confirmed that for the fourth-mandate parliamentary election, there are a total of 15,254 voting offices. Regarding the opinions that the organizations and institutions gave, in order to contribute to the draft regulations and procedures, Mr. Im Suosdey said that they came from the Ministry of Interior, from the Cambodian People’s Party, from the Sam Rainsy Party, from Funcinpec, from the Norodom Ranariddh Party, and from two NGOs – from the Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia, and from the Neutral and Impartial Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia.

“In the press conference, representatives from political parties and NGOs proposed to the NEC to organize a meeting with relevant institutions which had provided recommendations about the draft regulations and procedures before the NEC approved them. The chairperson of the NEC responded that the NEC would organize a meeting between its general secretariat and representatives from institutions and NGOs which had given ideas about the draft regulations and procedures, in order to provide clear explanations about the reasons why the NEC had not included all into the draft. In the press conference, representatives from political parties requested the NEC to cease using Form 1018 [identity documents required to vote: national identification card, or passport, or civil servant, police, or army identification card, family booklet with identification pictures, and documents identifying monks; if Cambodian eligible voters do not have any of these documents, they could ask their Commune Council to establish an identification form know as Form 1018], and they also asked the NEC to urge the Ministry of Interior to issue Khmer nationality identification cards for all citizens as soon as possible, so that they can use these documents to vote.

“With regard to Form 1018, Mr. Im Suodey confirmed, “We cannot stop using the form, because sometimes those who already had identification cards might have lost them, for example because of a house fire, or when they were living on a dangerous boat that leaked… What documents would they have to cast their votes?” He added that for the national elections, the NEC plans to instruct commune chiefs and district chiefs not to issue Form 1018 before the election day.” Koh Santepheap, Vol. 41, #6284, 29.2.08

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Friday, 29 February 2008

Chakraval, Vol.16, #2758, 29.2.2008

  • New Thai Prime Minister Will Visit Cambodia First [in early March]

Chuoy Khmer, Vol.2, #54, 29.2.2008

  • If Hun Sen Wants to Know if Yuon [Vietnam] Takes Khmer Land or Not, He Should Ask Heng Samrin [president of National Assembly – because Vietnamese soldiers moved border line into Heng Samrin’s home village in Ponhea Kraek, Kompong Cham]
  • Strongman Hun Sen Denies He Has Secretly Met His Friend Thaksin [Shinawatra, former Thai Prime Minister – in Phnom Penh]
  • Older Sister [Pov Chansotheary] of [female singer] Pov Panhapich Does Not Dare to Bring Her Younger Sister [Pov Panhapich] Back to the Country for Fear of Being Shot by Murderers Again

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1580, 29.2.2008

  • Royal Government Checks the Granting Political Asylum by UNHCR to Foreign Citizens in Cambodia
  • Thaksin [Shinawatra, former Thai Prime Minister] Shed Tears on Arrival in Thailand [he was surprised about tens of thousands of people greeting him at the airport]; Samdech Hun Sen Denies He Has Met Thaksin in Cambodia; Police Detained Mr. Thaksin for a Short Time
  • Japan Provides Aid of More Than US$172,000 to Promote Maternal and Child Health Services by Non-Government Organizations

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #119, 29.2-1.3.2008

  • Mr. Son Chhay [Sam Rainsy Party parliamentarian from Phnom Penh]: To Accept that there Are Contested Areas Causes Cambodia to Lose Land at Borders
  • Mr. Yim Sovann [SRP parliamentarian from Phnom Penh]: Sam Rainsy Party Will Take Unemployment as Priority [if it wins elections]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6284, 29.2.2008

  • National Election Committee Publishes Voter List on Website so that It Can Be Reviewed
  • Denial of Thai Newspaper [The Nation] Report; Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen: If I Met Mr. Thaksin [Shinawatra, former Thai Prime Minister], There Is No Need to Hide It

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3400, 29.2.2008

  • Hun Sen Boasts that Cambodia Does Not Lose Land, Causing Strong Critical Reaction [by border activists and observers]
  • Head of Royal Government Angry about UNHCR Using Khmer Land as a Refugee Camp
  • Chinese Investment Does Not Speed Up Cambodian Economy [but it destroy environment and Cambodian natural property, such as minerals and trees]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4528, 29.2.2008

  • Samdech Prime Minister Calls Citizens to Participate in Cambodian Population Census [2008]
  • Thai Prime Minister Asks His Soldiers to Send Reports on Preah Vihear Temple Before He Visits Cambodia
  • Samdech Dekchor [Hun Sen] Says He Will Still Be Prime Minister and He Waits to See Future of Khmer Oil
  • KOICA [Korea International Cooperation Agency] Invites Twelve Officials of the National Election Committee to Attend Election Management Training in [South] Korea
  • Canada Provides CA$1 Million [approximately US$1.02 million] for the 2008 Elections in Cambodia
  • Millionaire Kith Meng [chairperson of the Royal Group] Leases the Biggest Island [Koh Rung] in Sihanoukville

Sakal, Vol.15, #3187, 29.2.2008

  • Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen: The Area of 181,035 Square Kilometers Remains the Same for the Kingdom of Cambodia
    Slot Machine Gambling Invades Phnom Penh

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #633, 29.2.2008

  • Does Hun Sen Waste $2 Million Each Month for Advisors to the Royal Government?

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Thursday, 28.2.2008: Hun Sen Reiterates That He Is Prepared To Have Coffins Made For Those Who Want To Reclaim Khmer Kampuchea Krom Territory

Posted on 29 February 2008. Filed under: Week 549 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 549

“Prime Minister Hun Sen reaffirmed yesterday that regarding those who want to claim back Kampuchea Krom territory to rule it like under the French regime, he is prepared to have coffins made for those strong people. The Prime Minister stated that some people always talk about the loss of the land of hundreds of meters [per day], but it is not true. If it were the truth, the eastern border [with Vietnam] would by now be in the region of Kompong Chhnang, while the western border [with Thailand] would be in the region of Pursat. To say so is misled political demagogy.

“Prime Minister Hun Sen said so in Kandal Province, bordering Vietnam. He also confirmed that he did not want to talk about the issue of Khmer Krom territory. He added that anyone who claims to be strong – “please go ahead.” He is prepared to help to have coffins made for them, and he has sympathy to help to have their corpses buried. It is not the first time that Prime Minister Hun Sen made such statements. The Prime Minister has claimed already many times that there is not any loss of land in relation to Khmer Krom as well as to Khmer territorial integrity. If there is such loss as claimed by some people, the Khmer land would not have remained until now.

“It is noted that this is not the first time that Prime Minister Hun Sen has said so. He also expressed his ‘welcome’ with strong language, such as saying that Prime Minster Hun Sen is sympathetic in helping to have coffins made for those who want to protest and to reclaim Khmer Krom territory.

“For Prime Minister Hun Sen, those who want to protest claiming Khmer Krom territory are ignorant. It is a problem inherited from a previous generation, and Prime Minister Hun Sen claims that he just protects the Khmer territory from being lost.

“In Koh Thom, Kandal, bordering Vietnam, where the Prime Minister conducted demagogy to seek votes yesterday, he said that the people in Koh Thom know whether or not territory was really lost to the Vietnamese who are accused to have occupied some land. According to the Prime Minister, no territory was lost.

“Territorial integrity is a hot topic, and because Prince Norodom Ranariddh raised the territorial issue, he resigned from the position of president of the National Assembly. Until now, Prince Norodom Ranariddh has continued to raise the territorial issue, as he understands that it is a vital issue for the nation, and he continues to mention it again and again. Even though an additional agreement [in addition to the border treaty of 1985 with Vietnam] was signed, it remains a problem, as the ruling party did not allow partners in the government to directly supervise the measuring of the border line. The problem was so serious that Prince Norodom Ranariddh decided to resign from his role as president of the National Assembly. Some Cambodian people understand that it is only Prime Minister Hun Sen who still claims that there is not any loss of Khmer territory. However, many Cambodian people, except Prime Minister Hun Sen, know that the Yuon [Vietnamese] and the Siam [Thai] people never give up. But why keeps the Prime Minister claiming that no Khmer land is lost?

“The issue of Khmer territorial integrity made many Khmer people scared, but they thank those who were arrested when they protested against the ratification of the additional border agreement. Mam Sonando, the director of Sambok Khmum Radio, Kem Sokha, the former president of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, and Rong Chhun, the president of the Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association, had been arrested and were imprisoned, because they talked about these complementary border agreements, claiming that they result in the cutting off of a piece of land to give it to Yuon. Now, those who formerly had shown a strong attitude turned around and softened their attitude toward Prime Minister Hun Sen.

“However, an unidentified official from the Norodom Ranariddh Party claimed that the issue, which has been raised in the past, is not to send troops to protest and reclaim Kampuchea Krom territory, but to insist that Yuon respects human rights, universally declared values, and the Yuon government is also a signatory to human rights conventions.” Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3258, 28.2.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Thursday, 28 February 2008

Chuoy Khmer, Vol.2, #53, 28.2.2008

  • Mr. Kem Sokha [president of Human Rights Party] Is Prime Ministerial Candidate to Compete in the 2008 Elections
  • Cambodia Has a Bad Name for Culture of Impunity and for Cambodia’s ‘Family Tree’ [Global Witness’ anti-deforestation study]
  • Krek Rubber Plantation Company Bulldozes Foundations of Five Ancient Temples in Svay Leu District
  • Krakor District Forestry Administration Officials Conduct Forest Crimes with Businesspeople [Pursat]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1579, 28.2.2008

  • Samdech Dekchor [Hun Sen]: People at Borders Are Live Witnesses of Territorial Issues
  • [Former Khmer Rouge head of Tuol Sleng prison] Duch Deeply Sad While He Arrived at Tuol Sleng [Genocide Memorial, for a Khmer Rouge tribunal organized visit – 27 February 2008]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6283, 28.2.2008

  • After 29 Years, Duch Had Lunch in the Room That Was His Former Office at S-21 [Tuol Sleng Prison – now during his visit]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3399, 28.2.2008

  • Inflation of 10.8% Harms Livelihood of Poor People and Low-Level Public Servants
  • Sam Rainsy: Traitors [Sam Rainsy Party officials who join the Cambodian People’s Party] Have to Curse the Sam Rainsy Party Much so the Cambodian People’s Party Trusts Them
  • Hun Sen Warns Again that He Will Prepare Money to Buy Coffins for Those Who Attack Yuon [Vietnam]

Rasmei Angkor, Vol.15, #1284, 28.2.2008

  • Fast Progress Makes Big Investors Worldwide to Enter Cambodia [says Mr. Sok Chenda, secretary general of the Council for the Development of Cambodia, at a conference of the Club of Cambodian Journalists]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4527, 28.2.2008

  • Thaksin [Shinawatra, former Thai Prime Minister] and Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen Are Said to Have Met Each Other in Phnom Penh [between 22 and 24 February 2008 – according to the Thai daily newspaper The Nation]

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3258, 28.2.2008

  • Hun Sen Reiterates That He Is Prepared To Have Coffins Made For Those Who Want To Reclaim Khmer Kampuchea Krom Territory
  • More Than 1,800 Families Seek Appropriate Compensations from the Repair of National Road 1 [from Neak Loeang to Bavet]

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #632, 28.2.2008

  • Rong Chhun [president of the Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association] Still Demands that Hun Sen Increases Salaries for [garment] Workers

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