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Cambodian free and fair election advocate to receive

Ramon Magsaysay Award

from NAMFREL Election Monitor Vol.2, No.19

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Namfrel would like to congratulate Mr. Koul Panha, Executive Director of Committee for Free Elections (COMFREL) -- a non-partisan election monitoring organization in Cambodia -- for being named as one of the recipients of this year's prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Awards. Mr. Panha is being recognized for "his determined and courageous leadership of the sustained campaign to build an enlightened, organized and vigilant citizenry who will ensure fair and free elections -- as well as demand accountable governance by their elected officials -- in Cambodia's nascent democracy."
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With Mr. Panha at the helm, COMFREL has been the primary advocate of free and fair elections and electoral reform in Cambodia, as well as citizens participation in good governance and in seeking accountability from elected officials. COMFREL has been one of the most active advocates of democracy in the Southeast Asian region, and like Namfrel, has been one of the key member-institutions of the Bangkok-based Asian Network for Free Elections, of which Mr. Panha is the Vice Chairman.

The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation is inviting the public to its Lecture Series featuring this year's awardees, to be held at the Ramon Magsaysay Center in Roxas Boulevard, Manila. Mr. Koul Panha's lecture, entitled "Creating Paths for Sustainable Citizen Vigilance in a Young Democracy," will be held on September 2 at
3:30pm.
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Read a profile on Mr. Panha by the Phnom Penh Post HERE
Watch a short video clip on Mr. Panha prepared by ANFREL HERE
Visit COMFREL's website: www.comfrel.org
 
 
 
 
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