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National Election Committee begins public hearings on complaints
Wednesday, 23 July 2008 , Written by « Touch Yuthea »   

The National Election Committee (NEC) said yesterday that untill 22 July it had received 147 complaints from political parties, 81 of which were passed to provincial level election committee, and 30 lodged with the NEC.

HRP alleges vote-buying still rampant
Tuesday, 22 July 2008 , Written by « Ly Menghour »   
The Human Rights Party (HRP) said yesterday that Cambodia’s voters are being lured into supporting parties with gifts, and are than fearful that breaking the “promise” tacitly given by accepting them will have dangerous consequences.
Political parties promise to roll out Access to Information Law
Monday, 21 July 2008 , Written by « Eath Daravuth »   

Local rights NGO the Advocacy and Policy Institution (API) indicated yesterday that all political parties, including the ruling Cambodian People’s Party, have promise to push for a law on access to information should they win the July 27 national election.


Parties vow to tackle major issues
Sunday, 20 July 2008 , Written by « Ly Menghour »   
A NGO-backed election forum wrapped up Friday with 10 political parties promising to address corruption, land disputes and inflation if they win the July 27 election.

The rulling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) declined to take part int the proram.

An anti-corruption law will be passed if the Norodom Ranariddth Party (NRP) wins the election,said Muth Chantha,the NRP candidate for Phnom Penh.

“ Corruption costs Cambodia US$500  to US$600 million every year. This does not only affect the national economy,developement, and respect of law and human rights,but also people’s livelihoods,”he said.


Keat Sokun, deputy president of the Human Rights Party (HRP)’s steering committee,said that the party will set aside a portion  of the national budget to subsidize gasoline price. The HRP will also approve an ani-graft bill,and form a neutral committee to cambat corruption, he said.

“An HRP-led government would reduce tax on oil: eliminate,

Embezzlement and expenditures on unnecessary sectors; increas funds for students’scholarships and give loans  to them,and raise social funds for old people, the disabled and medical services,”

Said Keat Sokun.

He added that the HRP will ensure that all government wokers get higher salaries, and that the party has set US$544 million of the 2009 national budget aside for construction of an improved irrigation system.

“This new budget was proposed as the 2008 budget was not allocated property and full of corruption. For example,digging a well cost US$14,000”he said.


Each of the political parties  pledged to create more jobs for people,conduc administrative and judicial reform, strengthen the education sector and medical services,as well as urge judges and government officials to be independent from political parties.


-The Mekong Times -Issue 115 Monday,July 21 2008  

Students unfazed by reporter’s murder
Thursday, 17 July 2008 , Written by « By Pao Raotana »   

Intimidation, detention and particularly murder don’s necessarily make journalism students give up their commitment to the mews profession.


Keo Kounila, a student at advertising management of Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), expressed sorrow over the murder of Moneaksekar Khmer newspaper journalist Khim Sambo and his son, Khat Sarin, at a press conference Thursday that showcased the achievements of the students with the Department of Media and Communication (DMC) at RUPP. She stressed that the murder will not discourgae her from becoming a journalist. “It doesn’t discourage me. I still want to be a journalist because journalists play a key role in a democratic society to inform society with true news,” Keo Kounila said. “To overcome all obstacles as journalists, we must have specific skills, ethics and heavy responsibilities.”

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