National Assembly Begins Recruiting NEC Members

The National Assembly on Friday put out a public call for applicants to fill nine seats on the new National Election Committee (NEC), which will be composed of four members selected by the ruling CPP, four by the opposition CNRP and a ninth “neutral” member approved by both parties.

According to an announcement posted to the parliament’s website, applicants are required to submit their C.V., birth certificate, identity card and a criminal record from the Ministry of Justice. 

Would-be commissioners are required to have 10 years of relevant work experience and a university degree, and must sign a statement saying they are prepared to give up any foreign citizenship if selected to serve on the NEC, according to the announcement.

CNRP spokesman Yem Pon­hearith said that the National Assembly’s permanent committee will meet on April 7 to review the list of candidates.

In July, the two parties selected Licadho President Pung Chhiv Kek—who also holds French and Canadian passports—to fill the neutral seat on the commission, but the conditions she set for accepting the position were not met in the drafting of new election laws.

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