Leaders of Cambodian parties meet to finalise election law talk

Leaders of Cambodian parties meet to  finalise election law talk
Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng (L) shakes hands with Sam Rainsy, president of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Jan. 29, 2015.

PHNOM PENH - Leaders of Members of Parliament of Cambodian People's Party (CPP) and Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) will meet this afternoon to finalize the election law reform, according to General Secretariat of the National Assembly.

Sam Rainsy of CNRP and Sar Kheng of CPP are to meet at 4:00 p.m at the National Assembly to decide on disagreement after working groups of the two parties concluded talk on election law reform yesterday.

The talks co-chaired by Bin Chhin of CPP and Kuoy Bunroeun of CNRP disagreed on 15 points.

The disagreement included numbers of seats in the parliament, election campaign duration, voter registration, punishment, and others.

Top leaders of CPP and CNRP agreed last year that the election law reform has to be completed by 28 Feb. 2015.

Prime Minister Hun Sen recently announced that he wanted election law to prevent post-election boycott of parliament.

He advised Interior Minister Sar Kheng to set in the election law that if any political parties that don't join the first session in the parliament convened by the King after general election, it means that those parties give up their seats.

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