The working groups of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) agreed on three points at the end of their negotiations held here this morning, according to a joint press release issued after the meeting.
Both sides agreed to suggest the establishment of a joint commission with equal number of members from the parties that have seats in the National Assembly to study and prepare a framework for future election reform in accordance with the principles of democracy and rule of law in order to ensure a free and fair election, it said.
To prepare the framework, the joint commission has to hold a national seminar which is open for opinions and recommendations from national and international milieus including development partners, registered political parties, civil society organizations and other relevant actors, said the joint press release, adding that people must be encouraged to give ideas for the election reform through public forums, for example.
Furthermore, both sides agreed that in this election reform process, technical and financial support from development partners, national and international organizations are also encouraged, it underlined.
The working groups will report the outcomes of their meeting to their respective party leaders and agreed to meet again later towards both parties’ summit, concluded the joint press release.
The official results of the July 28 national election showed that CPP won 68 parliamentary seats, while CNRP got the remaining 55 seats.