Monday, 12.5.2008: National Election Committee Calls for Many National and International Observers to Monitor Fourth Term Elections

Posted on 13 May 2008. Filed under: Week 560 |

In view of a series of National Holidays in Cambodia during the next days, we
want to announce that we will not have any regular publications during the
following events and days:

13-15 May: King’s Birthday

19 May: Visakh Bochea Day (celebrated to commemorate the Birth and
Enlightenment of the Buddha)

23 May: Royal Ploughing Ceremony

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It turned out to be different – several newspapers which had not published during other National Holidays continued to publish. So do we.

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 560

“Phnom Penh: Officials of the National Election Committee [NEC] call for more participation of national and international non-government organizations to observe the coming elections.

“Secretary-general of the NEC Mr. Tep Nitha said that so far, there are approximately 8,400 observers from 23 non-government organizations being authorized by the NEC. As for 42 international observers, they are from the US National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, the US Embassy, and the Cambodian-Japanese Forum; and recently the NEC just received letters of request from Peru and Nigeria to observe the elections. He continued that observers play a very important role in the election process. Observers can conduct evaluations and release statements according to what they have seen during the elections, and such evaluations have influences the elections on the whole.

“Mr. Hang Puthea, the executive director of the Neutral and Impartial Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia [NICFEC], stated that to have national and international observers participating as observers contributes to make the elections free and fair. He added that his organization plans to increase the number of national observers up to 7,000 and international observers up to 150 for this fourth term election.

“According to Mr. Tep Nitha, the NEC is receiving registrations of national observers until 20 July 2008, and of international observers until 27 July 2008.” Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #18, 10-13.5.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Monday, 12 May 2008


Chuoy Khmer, Vol.2, #96, 11.5.2008

  • [Human Rights Party vice-president] Mr. Keo Remy Concerned about Increasing Price of Land, Making It Impossible for People and Public Servants to Have Accommodation


Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1638, 11-12.5.2008

  • Ethnic Minority Tribespeople in Ratanakiri Plan to Hold Demonstration against Land Grabbing [with the collusion of officials]
  • Ieng Thirith Will Stand Behind Court Dock on 21 May 2008


Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #152, 11-13.5.2008

  • [Sam Rainsy Party parliamentarian] Son Chhay: Sam Rainsy Government Will Organize the Country to Be Free from Being Controlled by Mafia Group


Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #18, 10-13.5.2008

  • Opposition Party Opposes the Adoption of Coal-Fueled Power Plant Investment
  • Hor Namhong: I Was the Head of the Prisoners’ Committee of Boeng Trabaek but I Was a Victim
  • Taiwan Tells Men to Be Aware of Problems if They Want to Get Married to Khmer Women [after the Cambodian Government suspended international marriages – according to The China Post]
  • National Election Committee Calls for Many National and International Observers to Monitor Fourth Term Elections


Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6332, 12.5.2008

  • [Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation] Mr. Long Visalo Testifies for Mr. Hor Namhong against Mr. Sam Rainsy’s Accusation
  • More than Ten Parties Stand for Elections; Sam Rainsy Party Will Register Today, Which Is the Deadline


Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3457, 12.5.2008

  • Sam Rainsy Sues Back against Hor Namhong at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal [on accusation of being involved in the killing of people during the Khmer Rouge regime]; Prosecutors Summon Duch to Be a Witness for Hor Namhong
  • Are New 20,000-Riel Notes [with the portrait of King Norodom Sihamoni] Printed to Welcome the King’s Birthday or to Buy Votes?


Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4586, 11-12.5.2008

  • [Minister and Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation] Mr. Hor Namhong: ‘I Will Ask Thailand to Release [four] Khmer Citizens [who were arrested on 28 April in Thailand while they were transporting potatoes to sell to Thai businesspeople]
  • Mentally Ill Woman and Daughter Try to Commit Suicide Together [on 9 May – the daughter is hospitalized – Koh Soutin, Kompong Cham]


Snadai Khmeng Wat, Vol.8, #144, 12-15.5.2008

  • 200-500 Big Trees Are Illegally Cut in Oral Mountain Animal Refuge per Day [Kompong Speu]

Have a look at last week’s editorial: How to enhance the trust in the rule of law

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