(30-January-2018 / PPP)

Ruling party touts hundreds of defections over weekend The ruling party continued to tout purported defections to its ranks over the weekend, months after the Cambodia National Rescue Party – the nation’s only viable opposition – was dissolved at the government’s behest.

(19-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Hearing for NEC's Chakrya postponed The defamation case against National Election Committee deputy secretary-general Ny Chakrya was postponed yesterday after the complainants failed to show up.

Chakrya arrived at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in an orange jumpsuit as he is currently being held in pre-trial detention over allegations he colluded with four Adhoc staffers to bribe CNRP acting president Kem Sokha’s alleged mistress.

(19-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

NEC needs to step up education efforts: watchdog Election watchdog Comfrel has called on the National Election Committee to step up its efforts to educate the public about the upcoming voter registration period.

Comfrel director Koul Phana yesterday expressed concern that the NEC has not begun its voter registration information dissemination, particularly via TV announcements – which remain the primary resource for people in the provinces, he said.

(19-July-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Court Officials’ Lawsuit Against Election Official Pushed Back A judge postponed the start of a defamation trial against National Election Committee official Ny Chakrya on Monday after the two Siem Reap court officials who brought the case against him failed to show up at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

(19-July-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

‘Black Monday’ Activists Blocked From Marching “Black Monday” activists tussled with dozens of police officers and government security guards on Monday after they were blocked while marching in support of National Election Committee official Ny Chakrya, who is facing charges in a civil defamation case widely believed to be politically motivated.

(19-July-2016 / Khmer Times)

Chakrya Defamation Case Gets Postponed Proceedings in a defamation case against National Election Committee Deputy Secretary General Ny Chakrya will be postponed indefinitely following the filing of a complaint to the Appeal Court by the defense yesterday.

(06-July-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Japan Confirms NEC Funding Japan will continue funding the National Election Committee (NEC) ahead of the upcoming commune and national elections, despite growing international concern over Cambodia’s deteriorating political climate.

Japan’s Ambassador to Cambodia Kumamaru Yuji confirmed his country’s continued support during a signing ceremony granting the Kingdom $200,000 in development aid on Monday evening.

(06-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

NGO calls for NEC to assist disabled in voting process An NGO working with disabled people yesterday called on the National Election Committee to identify people with disabilities on its records, to enable the body to provide them with aid during elections over the next two years.

Ngin Saorath, director of the Cambodian Disabled People’s Organisation, suggested that the NEC add a column to the voter registration list to mark disabled people.

(24-June-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

NEC's Chakrya back in court Jailed election official Ny Chakrya faced court for additional questioning yesterday, with the interrogation centring on his communications with four jailed Adhoc staffers and a UN official.

Sam Sokong, the National Election Committee official’s lawyer, said investigating judge Theam Chanpiseth’s tone during the two-hour interrogation was accusatory, especially when asking questions relating to Chakrya’s interactions with his fellow accused and salon worker and complainant Khom Chandaraty’s lawyer at the time, Try Chhun.

(23-June-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

NEC pledges to allow vetting of voter lists National Election Committee (NEC) spokesman Hang Puthea yesterday promised the body would release electoral lists for vetting after it finished registering voters, but conceded the process faced a tight deadline.

Puthea made the pledge in response to concerns raised by stakeholders yesterday at a roundtable discussion hosted by election watchdog Comfrel.

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