The United Nations is not involved in assisting, organizing or observing the 2022 commune elections
25 May 2022
The United Nations is not involved in assisting, organizing or observing the 2022 commune elections.
The provision of UN electoral assistance can be on the basis of (i) a decision of the Security Council or General Assembly establishing a mandate for the UN to provide electoral assistance; and/or (ii) a formal written request for electoral assistance from an appropriate national authority. It is then followed by an electoral needs assessment by the Electoral Assistance Division of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA). Approval of the Focal Point for Electoral Assistance Matters (Under-Secretary General of DPPA) is then needed before the UN System provides or makes project commitments on electoral assistance.
Requests for electoral assistance must be made by the member state to the United Nations. Requests cannot be made by political parties, civil society or other organizations.
Given the requirements above, there is currently no provision of UN electoral assistance in Cambodia.
OHCHR monitors the human rights situation in Cambodia, and this will continue during the electoral period.
The United Nations will also continue to follow closely the developments in the country.