Cambodian Constitution Amended to Strengthen 'Independent' Election Body

2 October 2014
Sam Rainsy (C). Photo: Reuters
FILE - Sam Rainsy (C), leader of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party is seen speaking at a protest in central Phnom Penh. Photo: Reuters
<p>Lawmakers at the Cambodian National Assembly have voted to amend the constitution to make the National Election Committee (NEC) a mandated “independent body.”&nbsp; The amendment, passed Wednesday, says the NEC’s Steering Committee must work to ensure the independence of the election body.&nbsp; Its nine members will have a five-year mandate and cannot be politically affiliated or be leaders of other organizations or unions.</p><p><br><br></p><p> The amendment is a step toward election reforms that were demanded by the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party following polls in 2013 it says were marred by fraud.</p>
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