Briefing the meeting between Mr. Sophan Seng and Mr. Koul Pannha

កាលពីថ្ងៃទី២៧ ខែកុម្ភះ ឆ្នាំ២០១៦ វេលាម៉ោង៣រសៀល លោកសេង សុភ័ណ ប្រធានដឺសុីរ៉ក់ អមជាមួយជំនួយការម្នាក់ បានទទួលឱកាសអនុគ្រោះពីលោកគល់ បញ្ញា នាយកប្រតិបត្តិអង្គការគណៈកម្មាធិការដើម្បីបោះឆ្នោតដោយសេរីនិងយុត្តិធម៍ហៅកាត់ថាខុមហ្រែ្វល នៅឯទីស្នាក់ការធំទួលគោករាជធានីភ្នំពេញដើម្បីពិភាក្សាអំពីសិទ្ធិបោះឆ្នោតរបស់ខ្មែរនៅក្រៅប្រទេសនិងសកម្មភាពរបស់អង្គការដឺសុីរ៉ក់។ ក្នុងជំនួបកិច្ចពិភាក្សាអស់រយះពេលជិតពីរម៉ោងនោះ មានសេចក្តីសង្ខេបដូចខាងក្រោមនេះ៖

១. លោកសេង សុភ័ណ រមែងយកចិត្តទុកដាក់និងតាមដាននូវកិច្ចខិតខំប្រឹងប្រែងដើម្បីអោយការងារបោះឆ្នោតរបស់កម្ពុជាប្រព្រឹត្តទៅដោយសេរីនិងយុត្តិធម៍របស់ខុមហ្រែ្វល ហើយបានផ្សាភ្ជាប់ទៅនឹងការរួមបញ្ចូលអោយខ្មែរនៅក្រៅស្រុកបានចូលរួមការបោះឆ្នោតបានផង។ លោកសេង សុភ័ណបានរៀបរាប់លំអិតអំពីសកម្មភាពនិងការតស៊ូមតិរបស់ដឺសុីរ៉ក់នៅឯនាយសមុទ្រ ព្រមទាំងការប្រមូលបានញតិ្តច្រើនសន្ធឹកសន្ធាប់ពីបងប្អូនខ្មែរទាំងអស់នោះដាក់ជូនទៅអង្គការសហប្រជាជាតិ គណបក្សនយោបាយ សង្គមសុីវិលនានា រួមទាំងខុមហ្រែ្វលផងដែរ។ បញ្ជាក់ពីលើនេះទៅទៀត ការតស៊ូមតិរបស់ដឺសុីរ៉ក់បានរួមចំណែកយ៉ាងសំខាន់ដល់ខ្មែរនៅក្នុងស្រុកអោយយកចិត្តទុកដាក់ក្នុងការចូលរួមបោះឆ្នោតអោយបានកាន់តែច្រើនទ្វេដងថែមទៀត។ ជាការឆ្លើយតប លោកគល់ បញ្ញា បានស្វាគមន៌ចំពោះការទាមទារសិទ្ធិចូលរួមបោះឆ្នោតរបស់ខ្មែរនៅក្រៅស្រុក ថាជាករណីកិច្ច ការមិនរើសអើងនយោបាយ និងកាតព្វកិច្ចមួយដើម្បីលើកស្ទួយលទ្ធិប្រជាធិបតេយ្យនិងការចូលរួមនយោបាយនៅកម្ពុជា។

២. លោកគល់ បញ្ញា បានលើកឡើងពីចំណុចសំខាន់ៗបីទាក់ទងនឹងអ្នកបោះឆ្នោតនៅក្រៅប្រទេសថាអាចជាឧបសគ្គ៖

  • ថវិកាចំណាយទៅលើការរៀបចំ
  • ពួកគេនៅខ្វះទំនុកចិត្តខ្លួនឯងក្នុងការសម្រេចចិត្តអោយបានច្បាស់ដើម្បីប្រើសិទ្ធិបោះឆ្នោត
  •  សុវត្ថិភាពសន្លឹកឆ្នោត ដោយលើកយកឧទាហរណ៌នៅប្រទេសភូមាកាលពីអណត្តិ២០១០ ថាមានការបញ្ជូនសន្លឹកឆ្នោតក្រៅប្រទេសមកយឺត ហើយបានបំពេញបន្ថែមទៅលើអ្នកចាញ់អោយឈ្នះទៅវិញ។

ឆ្លើយតបទៅនឹងក្តីមន្ទិលខាងលើ លោកសេង សុភ័ណ បានលើកឧទាហរណ៌មួយនៅចំពោះមុខប្រជាជនខ្មែរយ៉ាងច្រើនក្នុងអង្គជំុនំមួយនៅប្រទេសកាណាដានៅសំណួរដែលចោទថា រដ្ឋាភិបាលបានលើកហេតុផលថាខ្វះថវិកាទើបខ្មែរនៅក្រៅស្រុកមិនអាចបោះឆ្នោតបាន ពួកគាត់ទាំងអស់នោះបានលើកដៃព្រមគ្នាថាពួកគាត់សុខចិត្តរៃអង្គាសលុយគ្នាចេញថ្លៃសំបុត្រយន្តហោះនិងថ្លៃស្នាក់នៅអោយសមាជិកគណៈកម្មការបាះឆ្នោត អោយតែអោយពួកគាត់អាចបោះឆ្នោតបាន។ នេះបញ្ជាក់ថាពួកគាត់ហ៊ានលះបង់និងមានទំនុកចិត្តរួចជាស្រេចទៅហើយ។ លោកសេង សុភ័ណ បានលើកឡើងពីបទពិសោធន៌របស់គាត់ក្នុងនាមជាមន្រ្តីបោះឆ្នោតម្នាក់របស់គណៈកម្មការបោះឆ្នោតប្រទេសកាណាដា ថាដើម្បីជៀសវាងឧបសគ្គ ពេលវេលាច្បាស់លាស់ត្រូវបានកំណត់ដូចជា នៅទីនោះអ្នកបោះឆ្នោតក្រៅប្រទេសរបស់កាណាដា ត្រូវបញ្ជូនសន្លឹកឆ្នោតមកអោយបានមុនគ្រប់គ្រាន់ ហើយនៅក្នុងប្រទេសក៏មានការបើកអោយបោះឆ្នោតមុន(advance vote)ចំនួន៤ថ្ងៃគឺសុក្រ សៅរ៌ អាទិត្យ ចន្ទ មុនថ្ងៃបោះឆ្នោតធំចំនួនមួយសប្តាហ៌។

៣. ទាំងលោកសេង សុភ័ណ និងលោកគល់ បញ្ញា មានបីតិសោមន្សរីករាយចំពោះកិច្ចពិភាក្សានេះ ហើយនឹងសហការរួមគ្នាសម្រាប់កិច្ចខិតខំប្រឹងប្រែងនេះ ដើម្បីអោយខ្មែរនៅក្រៅស្រុកទាំងអស់បានបោះឆ្នោតទាំងអស់គ្នា។ លោកគល់ បញ្ញារីករាយនឹងអញ្ជើញលោកសេង សុភ័ណ ជាវាគ្មិនពិភាក្សា ក៏ដូចជាពិភាក្សាកិច្ចការធំៗមួយចំនួន តាមប្រព័ន្ធស្កាយព៌ ហើយលើកទឹកចិត្តនិងពង្រឹងអោយមានទំនាក់ទំនងគ្នាអោយបានញឹកញាប់តាមបណ្តាញសង្គម អុីម៉ែល ឬបណ្តាញប្រព័ន្ធបច្ចេកវិទ្យាទំនើបផ្សេងៗ។

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ពីឆ្វេងទៅស្តាំ៖ គល់ បញ្ញា សេង សុភ័ណ មុត សំផាន

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Summary of Meeting Results between Mr. Sophan Seng & Mr. Pannha Koul

On February 27, 2016 at 3:00pm Mr. Sophan Seng who is the President of the CEROC had a good chance to meet with Mr. Pannha Koul who is the Executive Director of Comfrel or Committee for Free and Fair Election of Cambodia at the headquarter in Toul Kouk, Phnom Penh. The meeting discussions are summarized following:

  1. Mr. Sophan Seng has closely anticipated the effort of Comfrel to ensuring free and fair election of Cambodia by relating it to the engaging of Cambodians overseas to vote in Cambodia elections. Mr. Sophan described the campaign effort of the CEROC to exercising the rights of Cambodians overseas to vote in Cambodia elections. Among those activities, the CEROC has collected petition to submit to UNs, political parties, and civil societies including Comfrel.  Further more, effort of the CEROC encourages Cambodian people to increasingly participate in election in Cambodia. As a response, Mr. Pannha Koul frankly welcomed the demand of Cambodians overseas and this is a duty and obligation to develop democracy, political inclusiveness, and political participation of Cambodia.
  2. Mr. Pannha Koul raised the 3 issues in which he thinks could be a barrier for overseas absentee voting: – Budget to organize election abroad, – Confidence of this demand to successfully achieve it, and – Security of the ballots transferring by giving example an election in Burma in 2010 as the lost becoming winner after counting the overseas ballots. Responding to these concerns, Mr. Sophan picked up an example in Canada when Cambodian diasporic gathering was impressed by the news that government of Cambodia doesn’t have budget to organize election for Cambodian abroad, and those people raised their hands to help chip in money to sponsor air-tickets and place to stay for members of the election committee who come to organize election for them to vote. So, this is clear that they are having confidence in it. Mr. Sophan Seng commented further from his experience as Deputy Returning Officer of Elections Canada in giving sufficient time for Canada abroad to vote, inside the country, they arranged advance voting day of 4 days ie Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday in one week before actual election day for Canadian voters.
  3. Both, Mr. Sophan Seng and Mr. Pannha Koul were satisfying with the discussion and continue to closely incorporate until the time that Cambodians overseas can utilize their wills and exercise full rights to vote in Cambodia elections. Mr. Pannha is delightful to invite Mr. Sophan as a speaker or to joining with other meetings through Skype and encourage for frequent communications via email, social network and other modern technological mediums.

Briefing of the discussion and meeting with high ranking officers of NEC

This part (54), Mr. Sophan Seng elaborated about the meeting with NEC’s officials on February 19, 2016. Mr. Sophan Seng who is the leader of the CEROC, was honored to meeting H.E.Kuoy Bunroeun, Deputy of NEC at the head office to discuss the right to vote of Cambodians overseas.

DSC_1276The meeting was anticipated by two permanent members and two deputy secretaries of the current NEC. The discussion is summarized following:

Mr. Sophan Seng highly valued the new NEC that is better and more independent than before including the high expectation of its performance for this upcoming commune election 2017 and national election 2018. Precisely, he addressed the need to allow and facilitate access for Cambodians overseas to vote in Cambodia elections (inclusiveness). The CEROC’s objectives are: – to organize suggestions, petitions, and participation of all Cambodians overseas, and – to produce paper work on mechanism, technical and comparative studies through researches and academic gatherings.
Solution: H.E. Kuoy Bunroeun welcomed the tasks of research and recommended to submit petition through a right channel. NEC is implementing in accordance to the existing laws solely.

2. In the future, the NEC shall prepare high ranking officer(s) to visit Khmers diaspora to interact with them about the progress of the NEC.

3. H.E. Kuoy Bunroeun debriefed the advantage and disadvantage points of the new NEC following:

Advantage Points:

Institutionalized into Cambodia Constitution
Procedures, mechanism, and implementation of the NEC
Election laws: new voter registration using fingerprint, photos and computer database etc.
Able to make all decision makings
Disadvantage points:

– Population database and identity matching are under limit
– Ability of NEC’s staffs especially in each voting booth (PSO) is under limit
– Infrastructure such as electricity is very limited
– Etc.

Mr. Sophan Seng shall be a guest speaker at the Politikoffee this 5 March 2016

Op-Ed: Ritthy Ou (facebook)

The CEROC PresetationPertinent topic of #Politikoffee this week: “Rights to Vote of Cambodians Overseas”

Our honor to welcome Mr. Sophoan Seng as our speaker. Mr. Sophan is the:
– Leader of Commission for Elections Rights of Overseas Cambodians (CEROC)
– Deputy Returning Officer for Elections Canada 2014-2015, Calgary Forest Lawn Electoral District
-Founder of Cambodian Leadership Skills
– Graduate of University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA, (MA, PhD Candidate)

– Time: 05 March 2016 2.30 – 4.30 pm Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Cambodia
– Click join here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1680217398915849/

Voting by Special Ballot for Canadian Forces Electors

Voting by Special Ballot for Canadian Forces Electors

slide_21During federal elections and referendums, Canadian Forces electors can vote, by mail or at polling stations set up in their units, using a special ballot. This method of voting is governed by the Special Voting Rules, Part 11 of the Canada Elections Act. Canadian Forces electors who are residing in the electoral district of the address shown on their Statement of Ordinary Residence at the time of a general election may also vote at a civilian polling station in that electoral district, provided they have not already voted by special ballot.

Canadian Forces electors are Canadians who have reached the age of 18 and are members of the Canadian Forces or teachers or administrative support staff in Canadian Forces schools outside Canada.

People living with members of the Canadian Forces outside the country are not considered to be Canadian Forces electors, but may vote as Canadians residing outside Canada (see Backgrounder EC 90540, Voting by Special Ballot).

Registration

The Department of National Defence keeps a permanent register of Canadian Forces electors. When they enroll, each CF member completes a Statement of Ordinary Residence (SOR) that determines the electoral district for which his or her vote will be counted.

Manner of voting

Canadian Forces electors vote by special ballot. During a general election or referendum, instructions for voting are posted at the polling station in each unit and a deputy returning officer is on hand to issue voting materials. Each polling station has a complete list of candidates. During by-elections, Elections Canada sends a personalized voting kit to every elector whose address on the Statement of Ordinary Residence is located in a riding where a by-election is being held.

To vote, the elector must first complete and sign the declaration on the outer envelope that forms part of the voting kit. The declaration states that his or her name is as shown on the envelope and that he or she has not already voted in the election or referendum underway. The elector then completes the ballot by writing on it the name of one of the candidates in his or her riding – or, in the case of a referendum, by checking either “yes” or “no” – and then inserting the ballot in the series of envelopes in accordance with the instructions provided.

Finally, the elector is responsible for ensuring that Elections Canada in Ottawa receives the ballot no later than 6:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on polling day. Electors may mail their ballots themselves or, in most cases, during a general election or referendum, leave them with the deputy returning officer to forward by special arrangement. The ballot must be sent in the envelopes provided. A ballot received by any other means, including fax, will not be counted. The Act also prohibits counting ballots received after the deadline.

Counting the votes

The ballots of Canadian Forces electors are counted at the same time as those of Canadian residents absent from their ridings, electors residing outside Canada and incarcerated electors, provided they have been received at Elections Canada in Ottawa before 6:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on polling day. The procedure is described below.

Continue reading Voting by Special Ballot for Canadian Forces Electors

The CEROC Radio Program broadcasted by CMN Radio Channel on 21 Feb. 2016

Political Paradigm of Pragmatism from the Khmer Youth part 53

aroundtheworldThis part (53), Mr. Sophan Seng continued to describe the unalienable rights to vote of Cambodians overseas. Furthering to introduction of the CEROC part 52, Cambodians overseas have played important roles in nation-building of Cambodia following renaissance of political, social and economical changes.

1. Politics: as the matter of fact, Cambodian diaspora had actively engaged in national liberation during the foreign occupation between 1979-1990 along Thai-Cambodia border, and they were significantly helped to push for the establishment of Paris Peace Agreement (PPA).

2. Socially innovating: Cambodian diaspora has built hundred and thousand Buddhist temples to stock their culture and belief. Buddhist temples are central of identity, languages, spiritual needs, and volunteerism.

3. Economically contributing: Both Cambodian migrant workers and Cambodian diaporic members have annually contributed to economic growth and GDP not less than 500 millions dollar usd each year. But recent finding broadcasted by VOA Khmer indicated that just Cambodian migrant workers in Thailand alone has sent remittance back home not less than 1 billion usd each year.

The above significant engagement and contribution, including, the guarantee of Cambodia constitution as well as the Universal Declaration on Human Rights of the United Nations, Cambodians overseas and the overseas absentee voting choice for those people, must not be deprived.

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Elections Canada of Lesson to be Learnt for Elections Cambodia

Op-Ed: Cambodia Leadership Skills

I’m a Canadian living abroad. How do I vote?

If you live outside Canada, you can apply now to vote by mail if you:

  • are a Canadian citizen
  • will be 18 or older on election day
  • have lived in Canada at some point in your life
  • intend to move back to Canada to reside, and
  • have lived outside Canada for less than five consecutive years or are exempt from the five-year limit

If we accept your application, we will add your name to the International Register of Electors and send you a special ballot voting kit.

If you are not eligible to vote by mail, you can vote in person at an advance poll or on election day – learn more.


Who is exempt from the five-year limit on voting by Canadians living abroad?

You are exempt from the five-year limit if you are:

  • employed outside Canada in the federal public administration or the public service of a province,
  • employed outside Canada by an international organization of which Canada is a member and to which Canada contributes, or
  • living with an elector employed as described above, or with a member of the Canadian Forces posted outside Canada, or with a person employed outside Canada by the Canadian Forces as a teacher or as administrative support staff in a Canadian Forces school

How can I prove I am exempt from the five-year limit?

If you are exempt from the five-year limit based on where you or someone you live with is employed (see list above), you must provide proof of employment for yourself or for that elector.

For example, provide a copy, photo or scan of a current:

  • Canadian diplomatic passport
  • employee identification card, or
  • document on the organization’s letterhead, showing the employee’s name and employment status, signed by an authorized official of the organization

I live abroad and I am voting by special ballot. What is my Canadian address for voting purposes?

If you are voting by mail-in special ballot, your Canadian address for voting purposes is the address in Canada where your vote will count. You will vote for a candidate in the riding that contains this address.

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