USAID Launches New Support to Cambodia’s National Election Committee

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced yesterday a new grant to support the work of the National Election Committee (NEC) to administer Cambodia's 2017 and 2018 elections, said a press release of the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh issued on Thursday.

According to the same source, the two-year, US$1.8 million Cambodia Election Management Project, awarded to the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), will help the NEC implement voter education campaigns, strengthen its election dispute resolution processes, and enhance its ability to identify and mitigate weaknesses in the country's electoral system.

"Electoral participation is the foundation of a healthy democracy," said U.S. Ambassador H.E. William A. Heidt. "We look forward to working with the National Election Committee, civil society, and political parties to continue to strengthen democracy in Cambodia."

This programme follows previous USAID support for the NEC, which included an internal capacity assessment, training on election administration, and assistance to produce a set of public service announcements about voter registration, said the press release, adding that the new grant will help ensure the NEC follows through on its commitment to effectively administer elections and advance meaningful electoral reform through the commune elections in 2017 and national elections in 2018.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press