NEC Expresses Dismay Over EU Assistance Suspension, Yet Reaffirms Steps Ahead

AKP Phnom Penh, National Election Committee (NEC) has expressed its dismay, yet reiterated firm steps ahead following the suspension of European Union's assistance for its operation.

The reaction was reflected in an open statement issued yesterday by the committee to the European Union.

The European Union, wrote the statement, should understand that NEC is implementing technical role, so juridical and political drive should not be used against the committee.

High voter turnover during the recent local election proves that Cambodians trust NEC's services; and the EU has actually applauded the achievement � the act that has left questions behind the freezing of its support to the committee.

Despite the disappointing move, as emphasised the statement, NEC reaffirmed its commitment to continue quality voter registration and accurate counting of votes for the coming elections in February and July elections.

Earlier this year, the European Union committed an assistance of about US$5 million for NEC.

The union on Dec. 12, 2017 announced the suspension of its support to NEC using its political justifications.

As of now, Japan, South Korea and a number of local and international development agencies are supporting the work of Cambodia's National Election Committee.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press