Voting by Special Ballot for Canadian Forces Electors

Voting by Special Ballot for Canadian Forces Electors

slide_21During federal elections and referendums, Canadian Forces electors can vote, by mail or at polling stations set up in their units, using a special ballot. This method of voting is governed by the Special Voting Rules, Part 11 of the Canada Elections Act. Canadian Forces electors who are residing in the electoral district of the address shown on their Statement of Ordinary Residence at the time of a general election may also vote at a civilian polling station in that electoral district, provided they have not already voted by special ballot.

Canadian Forces electors are Canadians who have reached the age of 18 and are members of the Canadian Forces or teachers or administrative support staff in Canadian Forces schools outside Canada.

People living with members of the Canadian Forces outside the country are not considered to be Canadian Forces electors, but may vote as Canadians residing outside Canada (see Backgrounder EC 90540, Voting by Special Ballot).

Registration

The Department of National Defence keeps a permanent register of Canadian Forces electors. When they enroll, each CF member completes a Statement of Ordinary Residence (SOR) that determines the electoral district for which his or her vote will be counted.

Manner of voting

Canadian Forces electors vote by special ballot. During a general election or referendum, instructions for voting are posted at the polling station in each unit and a deputy returning officer is on hand to issue voting materials. Each polling station has a complete list of candidates. During by-elections, Elections Canada sends a personalized voting kit to every elector whose address on the Statement of Ordinary Residence is located in a riding where a by-election is being held.

To vote, the elector must first complete and sign the declaration on the outer envelope that forms part of the voting kit. The declaration states that his or her name is as shown on the envelope and that he or she has not already voted in the election or referendum underway. The elector then completes the ballot by writing on it the name of one of the candidates in his or her riding – or, in the case of a referendum, by checking either “yes” or “no” – and then inserting the ballot in the series of envelopes in accordance with the instructions provided.

Finally, the elector is responsible for ensuring that Elections Canada in Ottawa receives the ballot no later than 6:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on polling day. Electors may mail their ballots themselves or, in most cases, during a general election or referendum, leave them with the deputy returning officer to forward by special arrangement. The ballot must be sent in the envelopes provided. A ballot received by any other means, including fax, will not be counted. The Act also prohibits counting ballots received after the deadline.

Counting the votes

The ballots of Canadian Forces electors are counted at the same time as those of Canadian residents absent from their ridings, electors residing outside Canada and incarcerated electors, provided they have been received at Elections Canada in Ottawa before 6:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on polling day. The procedure is described below.

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The CEROC Radio Program broadcasted by CMN Radio Channel on 21 Feb. 2016

Political Paradigm of Pragmatism from the Khmer Youth part 53

aroundtheworldThis part (53), Mr. Sophan Seng continued to describe the unalienable rights to vote of Cambodians overseas. Furthering to introduction of the CEROC part 52, Cambodians overseas have played important roles in nation-building of Cambodia following renaissance of political, social and economical changes.

1. Politics: as the matter of fact, Cambodian diaspora had actively engaged in national liberation during the foreign occupation between 1979-1990 along Thai-Cambodia border, and they were significantly helped to push for the establishment of Paris Peace Agreement (PPA).

2. Socially innovating: Cambodian diaspora has built hundred and thousand Buddhist temples to stock their culture and belief. Buddhist temples are central of identity, languages, spiritual needs, and volunteerism.

3. Economically contributing: Both Cambodian migrant workers and Cambodian diaporic members have annually contributed to economic growth and GDP not less than 500 millions dollar usd each year. But recent finding broadcasted by VOA Khmer indicated that just Cambodian migrant workers in Thailand alone has sent remittance back home not less than 1 billion usd each year.

The above significant engagement and contribution, including, the guarantee of Cambodia constitution as well as the Universal Declaration on Human Rights of the United Nations, Cambodians overseas and the overseas absentee voting choice for those people, must not be deprived.

Elections Canada of Lesson to be Learnt for Elections Cambodia

Op-Ed: Cambodia Leadership Skills

I’m a Canadian living abroad. How do I vote?

If you live outside Canada, you can apply now to vote by mail if you:

  • are a Canadian citizen
  • will be 18 or older on election day
  • have lived in Canada at some point in your life
  • intend to move back to Canada to reside, and
  • have lived outside Canada for less than five consecutive years or are exempt from the five-year limit

If we accept your application, we will add your name to the International Register of Electors and send you a special ballot voting kit.

If you are not eligible to vote by mail, you can vote in person at an advance poll or on election day – learn more.


Who is exempt from the five-year limit on voting by Canadians living abroad?

You are exempt from the five-year limit if you are:

  • employed outside Canada in the federal public administration or the public service of a province,
  • employed outside Canada by an international organization of which Canada is a member and to which Canada contributes, or
  • living with an elector employed as described above, or with a member of the Canadian Forces posted outside Canada, or with a person employed outside Canada by the Canadian Forces as a teacher or as administrative support staff in a Canadian Forces school

How can I prove I am exempt from the five-year limit?

If you are exempt from the five-year limit based on where you or someone you live with is employed (see list above), you must provide proof of employment for yourself or for that elector.

For example, provide a copy, photo or scan of a current:

  • Canadian diplomatic passport
  • employee identification card, or
  • document on the organization’s letterhead, showing the employee’s name and employment status, signed by an authorized official of the organization

I live abroad and I am voting by special ballot. What is my Canadian address for voting purposes?

If you are voting by mail-in special ballot, your Canadian address for voting purposes is the address in Canada where your vote will count. You will vote for a candidate in the riding that contains this address.

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The CEROC or Committee for Election Rights of Overseas Cambodians part 1

Political Paradigm of Pragmatism from the Khmer Youth part 52

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Op-Ed: Cambodia Leadership Skills

This part (52), Mr. Sophan Seng elaborated on The CEROC or Committee for Elections Rights of Overseas Cambodians. This diasporic volunteering leadership has mainly focused on two goals:
1. Collecting all suggestions, petitions, and participation of the Khmers overseas in order to campaign for inclusive participate in Cambodia elections. This participation shall enrich the Cambodia political leadership and participatory democracy of this nation.

2. Focusing on researches and publications of some technical, mechanism and procedural practices from many countries who have included their citizens abroad to vote at their home-country elections.

By incorporating with many stakeholders, the CEROC is being recognized by Khmers diaspora, migrant workers, students, and government officials working abroad, widely.

Letter to Phnom Penh Post by HE Sam Rainsy

២៤ កុម្ភៈ ២០១៦ / 24 February 2016

លទ្ធិប្រជាធិបតេយ្យសម្រាប់ប្រជាជាតិយើង តម្រូវឲ្យដាក់បញ្ចូលជនជាតិខ្មែរនៅឯនាយសមុទ្រផងដែរ / Democracy for our nation must be inclusive of overseas Cambodians (*)

មតិរបស់ខ្ញុំ ចុះផ្សាយក្នុងកាសែត ភ្នំពេញប៉ុស្តិ៍ ថ្ងៃ២៤ កុម្ភៈ ២០១៦

ជម្រាបមកលោកនិពន្ធនាយក

ខ្ញុំសូមធ្វើការអត្ថាធិប្បាយខ្លះទៅលើអត្ថបទ មានចំណងជើង “នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រីអះអាងថា ខ្មែរនៅក្រៅប្រទេសមិនអាចបោះឆ្នោតបានទេ” ដែលចុះផ្សាយលើទំព័រកាសែតភ្នំពេញប៉ុស្តិ៍ ថ្ងៃ១៧ កុម្ភៈ ២០១៦។

ការបោះឆ្នោតដែលមានលក្ខណៈប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ លើកដំបូងបង្អស់នៅកម្ពុជា ដែលរៀបចំដោយអង្គការសហប្រជាជាតិ កាលពីឆ្នាំ ១៩៩៣ ដោយប្រើប្រព័ន្ធសមាមាត្រដូចគ្នានឹងបច្ចុប្បន្ននេះដែរ ក៏បានផ្តល់លទ្ធភាពឲ្យជនជាតិខ្មែរ នៅឯបរទេសអាចបោះឆ្នោតបាន ដោយបង្កើតការិយាល័យបោះឆ្នោត នៅតាមការិយាល័យអង្គការសហប្រជាជាតិ ប្រចាំទីក្រុងញូយ៉ក (សហរដ្ឋអាមេរិក) ទីក្រុងប៉ារីស (ប្រទេសបារាំង) ទីក្រុងហ្សឺណែវ (ប្រទេសស្វីស) និងទីក្រុងកាន់បេរ៉ា (ប្រទេសអូស្ត្រាលី)។

ក្នុងឋានៈខ្ញុំជាសមាជិកឧត្តមក្រុមប្រឹក្សាជាតិកម្ពុជា ក្រោមអធិបតីភាពសម្តេចព្រះនរោត្តម សីហនុ ខ្ញុំបានពិភាក្សាជាមួយលោក Yasushi Akashi តំណាងជាន់ខ្ពស់អង្គការសហប្រជាជាតិ អំពីការរៀបចំការបោះឆ្នោតពេលនោះ។ ខ្ញុំបានស្នើឲ្យលោក Akashi បើកការិយាល័យបោះឆ្នោតច្រើនជាងនេះ ក្នុងពិភពលោក ជាពិសេសនៅក្នុងប្រទេសនិងតំបន់ ដែលមានជនជាតិខ្មែររស់នៅច្រើនជាងគេ (សហរដ្ឋអាមេរិក ប្រទេសបារាំង ប្រទេសកាណាដា ប្រទេសអូស្ត្រាលី និងប្រទេសញូហ្សែលែន)។ លោក Akashi បានឆ្លើយតបចំពោះសំណើររបស់ខ្ញុំថា អង្គការសហប្រជាជាតិមិនមានមធ្យោបាយ និងពេលវេលាគ្រប់គ្រាន់ទេ សម្រាប់បើកការិយាល័យបោះឆ្នោតលើសពីនេះ ឲ្យជនជាតិខ្មេរនៅក្រៅប្រទេស ប៉ុន្តែប្រទេសកម្ពុជាអាចធ្វើដូច្នេះបាននាពេលអនាគត គឺនៅពេលដែលប្រទេសយើងមានស្ថានទូត និងស្ថានកុងស៊ុល នៅតាមបណ្តាប្រទេសដ៏ច្រើន ជុំវិញពិភពលោក។

ក្នុងនាមអង្គការសហប្រជាជាតិ លោក Yasushi Akashi យ៉ាងហោចណាស់ ក៏បានបញ្ជាក់ជាគោលការណ៍ថា ជនជាតិខ្មែរទាំងអស់ ទោះជារស់នៅទីណាក៏ដោយ គឺមានសិទ្ធិបោះឆ្នោតសម្រេចជោគវាសនា នៃប្រទេសកំណើតរបស់ខ្លួន ហើយ អាជ្ញាធរត្រូវជួយសម្រួលឲ្យពួកគេ មានលទ្ធភាពប្រើប្រាស់សិទ្ធនេះយ៉ាងជាក់ស្តែង។

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Meeting with NEC officers 19 February 2016

នៅថ្ងៃទី១៩ ខែកុម្ភះ ឆ្នាំ២០១៦ វេលាម៉ោង៣ទៅម៉ោង៥ លោកសេង សុភ័ណ ប្រធានដឺសុីរ៉ក់ អមជាមួយជំនួយការម្នាក់ បានទទួលកិត្តិយសពីឯកឧត្តមគួយ ប៑ុនរឿន អនុប្រធានគ.ជ.ប. អនុញ្ញាតអោយចូលជួបពីភាក្សាអំពីសិទ្ធិនិងការចូលរួមបោះឆ្នោតនៅកម្ពុជារបស់ខ្មែរនៅក្រៅស្រុក នៅឯទីស្នាក់ការធំរបស់គ.ជ.ប.។

កិច្ចពិភាក្សាត្រូវបានចូលរួមដោយសមាជិកអចិន្ត្រៃយ៌ពីរនាក់និងអគ្គលេខាធិការដ្ឋានរងពីរនាក់របស់គ.ជ.ប.។ សេចក្តីសង្ខេបនៃកិច្ចពិភាក្សាមានដូចតទៅ៖

១. លោកសេង សុភ័ណ វាយតំលៃខ្ពស់ទៅលើច្បាប់និងអង្គភាពគ.ជ.ប.ថ្មីថាមានភាពប្រសើរនិងឯករាជ្យជាងមុនជាមួយសេចក្តីសង្ឃឹមនូវកិច្ចការដំបូងរបស់គេគឺការបោះឆ្នោតឃុំសង្កាត់ឆ្នាំ២០១៧និងការបោះឆ្នោតជាតិ២០១៨។ លោកសេង សុភ័ណផ្តោតសំខាន់ទៅលើការរួមបញ្ចូលខ្មែរនៅក្រៅប្រទេសអោយមានសិទ្ធិនិងឱកាសងាយស្រួលបានចូលរួមបោះឆ្នោត (inclusiveness)។ បញ្ជាក់បន្ថែមទៅលើអង្គការដឺសុីរ់ក៉ ឬគណៈកម្មការដើម្បីសិទ្ធិបោះឆ្នោតរបស់ខ្មែរនៅក្រៅប្រទេស អង្គការក្រៅប្រទេសមួយនេះកំពុងបំពេញនូវកម្មវត្ថុពីរ៖ – ប្រមូលយកនូវសំណូមពរ ញត្តិ និងការចូលរួមរបស់បងប្អូនខ្មែរនៅក្រៅប្រទេសដែលចង់ចូលរួមបោះឆ្នោត និង – សិក្សាស្រាវជ្រាវអំពីយន្តការ បច្ចេកទេស និងប្រៀបធៀបប្រទេសផ្សេងៗដែលបានកំពុងអនុវត្តអោយប្រជាជនគេដែលកំពុងរស់នៅក្រៅប្រទេសបានបោះឆ្នោត។

  • ដំណោះស្រាយ៖ ឯកឧត្តមគួយ ប៑ុនរឿន រីករាយពេញចិត្តកិច្ចការស្រាវជ្រាវ និង ផ្តល់អនុសាសន៌អោយដាក់ញត្តិតាមផ្លូវរដ្ឋបាល។ អង្គាភាពគ.ជ.ប.អនុវត្តទៅតាមច្បាប់ដែលមានជាធរមានតែប៉ុណ្ណោះ។

២. នៅថ្ងៃអនាគត គ.ជ.ប. រីករាយនឹងមានតំណាងជាន់ខ្អស់របស់ខ្លួនធ្វើដំណើរទៅក្រៅប្រទេសដើម្បីជួបជាមួយបងប្អូនខ្មែរនៅតាមសហគមន៌ទាំងនោះ ដើម្បីកំណត់ទិសដៅនៃកិច្ចប្រឹងប្រែងរបស់ខ្លួន។

៣. ឯកឧត្តមគួយ ប៑ុនរឿនសង្ខេបពីចំណុចល្អ និង ចំណុចខ្វះខាតមួយចំនួនរបស់គ.ជ.ប.ថ្មី៖

ចំណុចល្អ៖

  • គ.ជ.ប. មានចែងច្បាស់ក្នុងរដ្ឋធម្មនុញ្ញ
  • ការរៀបចំ យន្តការ និងការប្រព្រឹត្តទៅនៃគ.ជ.ប.
  • ច្បាប់បោះឆ្នោតៈ ការរៀបចំបញ្ជីអ្នកបោះឆ្នោតថ្មីមានក្រយ៉ៅដៃនិងរូបថត និងការប្រើប្រាស់ប្រព័ន្ធកំព្យូទ៌រ ។ល។ និង ។ល។
  • អំណាចចាត់ចែងស្ថិតលើគ.ជ.ប.ទាំងស្រុង

ចំណុចខ្វះខាត៖

  • អត្រានុកូលដ្ឋាននិងការផ្ទៀងផ្ទាត់អត្តសញ្ញាណប្រជាជននៅមានកំរិត
  • សមត្ថភាពមន្រ្តីគ.ជ.ប.តាមមូលដ្ឋានជាពិសេសតាមការិយាល័យបោះឆ្នោតនៅមានកំសោយច្រើន
  • ហេដ្ឋរចនាសម្ព័ន្ធមានភ្លើងអគ្គីសនីជាដើមនៅមានកំរិត
  • ។ល។ និង ។ល។

DSC_1278

ពីឆ្វេងទៅស្តាំ៖ រ៉ុង ឈុន​​ សេង សុភ័ណ គួយ ប៊ុនរឿន នី ចរិយា

DSC_1276

On February 19, 2016, Mr. Sophan Seng, leader of the CEROC, was honored to meeting H.E.Kuoy Bunroeun, Deputy of NEC at the head office to discuss the right to vote of Cambodians overseas.

The meeting was anticipated by two permanent members and two deputy secretaries of the current NEC. The discussion is summarized following:

  1. Mr. Sophan Seng highly valued the new NEC that is better and more independent than before including the high expectation of its performance for this upcoming commune election 2017 and national election 2018. Precisely, he addressed the need to allow and facilitate access for Cambodians overseas to vote in Cambodia elections (inclusiveness). The CEROC’s objectives are: – to organize suggestions, petitions, and participation of all Cambodians overseas, and – to produce paper work on mechanism, technical and comparative studies through researches and academic gatherings.

Solution: H.E. Kuoy Bunroeun welcomed the tasks of research and recommended to submit petition through a right channel. NEC is implementing in accordance to the existing laws solely.

2. In the future, the NEC shall prepare high ranking officer(s) to visit Khmers diaspora to interact with them about the progress of the NEC.

3. H.E. Kuoy Bunroeun debriefed the advantage and disadvantage points of the new NEC following:

Advantage Points:

  • Institutionalized into Cambodia Constitution
  • Procedures, mechanism, and implementation of the NEC
  • Election laws: new voter registration using fingerprint, photos and computer database etc.
  • Able to make all decision makings

Disadvantage points:

  • Population database and identity matching are under limit
  • Ability of NEC’s staffs especially in each voting booth (PSO) is under limit
  • Infrastructure such as electricity is very limited
  • Etc.