Proposed Law on Senate Election Approved

The National Assembly (NA) of Cambodia approved the Proposed Law on Election of Senate Members, in its 8th plenary session of fifth legislature held this morning under the chairmanship of its President Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samrin.

Ninety-seven (97) out of 108 lawmakers who were present at the NA session voted for the proposed law.

The new Law on Senate Election is composed of 11 chapters and 32 articles while that of 2005 consists of 13 chapters and 37 articles.

Some proposed key revisions of the Law on Senate Election include the increased number of senate members from 61 to 62 and the shortening of election campaign from 21 to 14 days.

The royal government has recently decided for Jan. 14, 2018 as the timing for the fourth-mandate Senate Election. Only elected commune and Sangkat councillors and eligible members of the National Assembly can vote to select members of Senate.

The third-mandate Senate consists of 61 members � two were nominated by the King, the other two by the NA, and the rest were those who won the voting.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press