Different Views on Upcoming Cambodian National Elections 2013
During the preparation of the upcoming parliamentary elections 2013, the fifth since 1993, there are debates and controversial opinions in the public and among politicians, political parties, NEC and even donors communities. Opposition demands delay of the electoral process while NEC praises its own efforts to organize elections and sees the decrease of technical and funding support from outsiders as a victory…Two articles below would give you some more information concerning national elections in Cambodia in 2013. Enjoy reading it and make your own opinion/ judgement!
In my opinion, what is good so far is that there was a peaceful demonstration of the oppositions on 24.04.13 at “Freedom Park”, NEC agreed to come and picked up the petition of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), an official statement of the NEC related to CNRP’s demands was released on 26.04.13, no elections related violence was recorded and politicians are increasingly debating on policies and not just personal attacks. However, the elections will be “relatively free, but the least fair and far from acceptable international standard” as we all know in advance. Cambodians deserve a true democratic election and not just “allowed opposition and allowed democracy”.