NEC President Meets UN Special Rapporteur

AKP Phnom Penh, August 18, 2017 –

H.E. Sik Bun Hok, President of the National Election Committee (NEC), received yesterday Ms. Rhona Smith, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Cambodia.

In the meeting taking place at NEC office in Phnom Penh, H.E. Sik Bun Hok briefed Ms. Rhona Smith on Cambodian law related to election, according to spokesperson of the committee Mr. Hang Puthea.

The NEC president stressed that offenders are not allowed to register for the election and that registration office along the border areas and at Cambodian embassies abroad was not permitted, but Cambodian citizens living overseas can register when they are back to Cambodia.

Ms. Rhona Smith spoke highly of the NEC’s milestone achievements in upgrading voter registration lists and facilitating successfully the recent local election.

She also expressed the UN’s on-going attention to Cambodia’s local election as well as the upcoming general election 2018.

Ms. Rhona Smith arrived in Cambodia on Aug. 8 for a ten-day visit, mainly to examine the rights of children and general human rights situation in the country.

The UN special rapporteur undertakes regular visits to Cambodia and reports annually to the Human Rights Council.

Ms. Rhona Smith was appointed to cover Cambodia in March 2015. She will present her next report to the Council in September 2017.

By Lim Nary

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