Ballots almost ready before the municipal elections

National Electoral Commission

On May 6, the National Elections Committee (NEC) announced that it had nearly completed the printing of ballot papers for the upcoming June 5 local council elections, with ballot papers still to be printed for only three provinces.

NEC Chairman Prach Chan inspected the progress of the printing operation on May 6 at a printing plant in Boeung Kak I township in the capital’s Tuol Kork district. He was joined by around forty people from several political parties, NGOs and the media.

Speaking during his visit to the printing house, Chan said the NEC had invited all stakeholders involved in the election to view the newspapers and the printing process, as had been done in previous elections.

“There are only three provinces left for which ballots must be printed. The newspapers will then be boxed and transported to these provinces, where they will be handed over to the provincial electoral commission which will distribute them to the communal electoral commissions.

“The city council commission will send them to the polls no more than 36 hours before the June 5 elections,” he said.

NEC spokesman Hang Puthea told reporters at the printing office that there are a total of 1,652 types of forms, one for each of the Kingdom’s townships. The ballot papers are different from one commune to another because the number of participating political parties for each commune varies and the number of candidates is also different.

He said that of the 17 participating political parties, some have candidates in more than 1,600 communes, while others field less than 1,000. The order in which political parties appear on each ballot is also different, because the order was decided by drawing lots in each municipality.

According to Puthea, there are 9,205,681 eligible voters and 23,602 polling stations. This required about 11 million printed ballots, including about 1 million reserved ballots. Items are printed as a cluster, consisting of 50 items for each cluster.

“The papers are carefully designed so that they cannot be tampered with. The company that won the contract to print these papers guaranteed the security of these papers to the NEC,” he said.

Joan D. Boling