In a recent radio interview, Hang Puthea [head of the NEC] explained that one of the reasons behind this preclusion of disabled people on the electoral registration list is due to the fact that the NEC law does not provide for their inclusion! This is akin to saying that in any one person one vote democracy only those already affiliated to the ruling party or are inclined to vote for that party will be registered and allowed to vote!
The question that begs asking is: why the law ignores disabled people in the first place? But, worry not, all it takes for the whole world to know that the Cambodian regime is doing the right things is for a collection of pro-government NGOs [which include one specializing on "human rights"!] to issue a joint-statement voicing their support for the CPP regime as they have done over the South China Sea?
These VC planners have really thought of everything, eh?
During the 2014 commune elections, people queue at a voting station in Phnom Penh that offers limited access for people in wheelchairs. Heng Chivoan
NGO calls for NEC to assist disabled in voting process
Wed, 6 July 2016 ppp
“The servers NEC has installed for the new voter registration list could be burdened if they store more data than was planned,”
“It is very hard in Cambodia as there is no system to assist the disabled. They treat disabled people like any other person,”
An NGO working with disabled people yesterday called on the National Election Committee to identify people with disabilities on its records, to enable the body to provide them with aid during elections over the next two years.
Ngin Saorath, director of the Cambodian Disabled People’s Organisation, suggested that the NEC add a column to the voter registration list to mark disabled people.
“In every election, the NEC does not know how many disabled people will come to vote, so they can’t facilitate them,” Saorath said.
If polling officials were aware of voters’ disabilities, they could mitigate issues faced over previous elections, such as access to polling stations for people in wheelchairs, he added.
However, NEC spokesman Hang Puthea said it would be difficult to add an additional column to the voter list because of “technical constraints”.
“The servers NEC has installed for the new voter registration list could be burdened if they store more data than was planned,” Puthea added.
He said the Election Law did not stipulate differentiation of disabled persons on voter lists, but added that the suggestion was yet to be dismissed.
Koul Panha, head of election monitor Comfrel, said that, according to the law, people with disabilities were treated on par with those without disabilities, but this necessarily did not have to prevent the NEC from identifying disabled voters.
“It is very hard in Cambodia as there is no system to assist the disabled. They treat disabled people like any other person,” he said.