According to an interview by CMN Radio or Cambodia Media Network on April 21, 2014 during his official visit to Canada (see video clip or direct link), Yim Sovann who is a high ranking officer of Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) highly valued and supported the demand to allowing and facilitating for Cambodians overseas to vote in Cambodia elections. He detailed the importance of election participation from Cambodians overseas and the relevant procedure by dispatching National Election Committee representatives to each location around the world. He said that each year, Cambodians overseas sent in remittance to Cambodia approximately 600 millions dollars or 17% of Gross National Income (GNI).
Answering to the stunt question from a Cambodian-Canadian senior during the public forum speech (question, answer), he was optimistically articulating that the current negotiation between CNRP and CPP in in-dept reform of NEC reached a plausible agreement to having split half and half of the NEC members, so that the aim to facilitate for Cambodians overseas to vote is realistic.
CEROC’s president, Mr. Sophoan Seng, who was at the forum as well argued that if the right to vote of Cambodians overseas have already been endorsed by the laws but it is still lacking implementation, it is still considered a lacking right for Cambodians overseas to be able to vote in each Cambodia election. He said that “UNs should ensure that the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) collectively adopt into law by stating clearly that Cambodians overseas are able to vote in each Cambodia election and the law should include its detail, relevant technical aspects of undertaking those election procedures.”
CEROC Team Report,