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PARLIAMENTARY WATCH UNIT

The Parliamentary Watch Unit (PWU) works to strengthen legislative institutions and create greater accountability in the public sector, especially with respect to elected officials. The PWU consists of two projects: (i) Parliamentary Watch Project (PAW) and (ii) Parliamentary Hearing Project (PAH).

The PU is headed by Ms. Um Vanneng, she is Cambodian with Bachelor in Law that has extensive experience in parliamentary processes and election issues, democracy and human rights. She is assisted by a staff, Ms. Soung Raksa, Assistant with Bachelor in Law that has experience in parliamentary process and elections issues, democracy and human rights.

The Parliamentary Watch Project (PAW) is a major project of the Elections Unit and Parliamentary Watch Unit which was initiated in December 2010 with the aim of acting as an objective reporting service and legislative watchdog. The first major job of the PAW reporting service was to cover the process of establishing the Cambodian Senate, the new legislative body formed in order to break the deadlock between the two dominant political parties.
 
As the project mainly involves monitoring the National Assembly and Senate, little has changed in the methods of monitoring parliamentary attendance, debates and speeches made by different parties, laws passed, etc. The main change has been the transition from National Assembly Watch (NAW) to Parliamentary Watch (PAW) when the Senate was formed in March 1999. This was a natural extension of the project and helped improve transparency across the legislative branches.

Amendments made to the activities and methods of PAW have generally regarded the means of reporting the information gathered. The presentation of information, often by means of graphs and charts, has been modified slightly over the duration of the project to provide clear and accessible information. For example, when reporting on speeches, the names of the politicians used to be reported. For ease of reference, personal names were changed to the names of the represented party only, to allow voters to easily see the extent to which the party they voted for act on their promises.

Speeches of Member of Parliamentarians (MPs) raised during session are analyzed in order to highlight individual representatives who struggle to protect the people’s rights and use their sovereignty power for the public advantages. The highlighted MPs will be praised at the end of sessions.
 
The project has been observed 15 meetings of the National Assembly in the National Assembly Session's fourth mandate (2011) and 5 legislations has been obverted. More than 12 accuracy reports on the National Assembly sessions have been published by DHRAC in its monthly reports and broadcasted through The Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (COMFREL) radio, Voice of Civil Society.
 
The analytical reports with recommendations on the preferment of the National Assembly and individual MPs in the fourth mandate will be disseminated free of charge during a ceremony for the dissemination of reports under the presidency of President of the National Assembly.