Preparation of Journalists and Media for the Coming 2017 Local Election

National Election Committee (NEC) and concerned stakeholders organised late last week a consultation workshop to prepare journalists and the media for the upcoming Commune/Sangkat Council Election.

Taking place at Tonle Bassac restaurant here in Phnom Penh, the gathering reached a collective basis to package accurate and neutral message to the public by ensuring full compliance with the current law and regulations.

Learning from the past experience, according to NEC Spokesperson H.E. Hang Puthea, the Commune/Sangkat Council Election Law has been revised to effectively respond to the latest development and needs to be well comprehended by all political parties joining in the race.

In order to avoid potential issues and social disorder, the campaigning procession will be allowed only twice and surveys cannot be published before official announcement of the election result.

Other key speakers - Information and Broadcasting Deputy Director General Mr. Pov Piseth, President of the Club of Cambodian Journalists Mr. Pen Bona, and Executive Director of the Alliance for Conflict Transformation Ms. Srey Sotheavy - called for professional role of the media and discouraged coverage that mislead the public and harm social stability.

Cambodia has undergone 12 national and local elections to date. Unlike before, the local election on June 4 this year will be primarily digitised.

Based on NEC's record, about 7.8 million - of them, 58.3 percent are women and some ten thousands are Buddhist monks - have been registered for the voting.

Among the 12 participating political parties, Cambodian People's Party (CPP), added H.E. Hang Puthea, has nominated most female candidates - over 6,000 - for the local election.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press