On 11 April 2017, at 09:00 am, the National Election Committee (NEC) warmly welcomed Ms. Sophie LAGUENY, Director of IFES organization, functioning as Election Expert at NEC headquarters.
The arrival of election expert from IFES organization after Mr. ADAM Schumacher, USAID Director of office of Democracy and Governance, had provided budget via IFES to implement 03 projects for improving the election in Cambodia.
Those 03 projects included:
-Internal Capacity Building for the National Election Committee;
-Training Courses for NEC’s officials on Electoral Dispute Resolution; and
-Assisting on election information dissemination through Interactive Voice Response (IVR) and other means.
Meanwhile, USAID requested NEC to allocate an office to IFES for working directly with NEC at the NEC headquarters.
H.E Mr. Sik Bun Hok, NEC chairman, suggested that due to the short period left for the preparation of the 4th Mandate of Commune/Sangkat Council Election 2017; therefore, His Excellency requested IFES to speed up implementation of 03 projects in time.
By the end of the meeting, NEC hoped that this cooperation will enhance much more communication in order to promote the election in Cambodia to be conducted on a free, fair and just basis and accredited by all relevant stakeholders.