Senator, the Hon Bob Carr
RG Casey Building
John McEwan Crescent
Barton, ACT 0221 Australia
6th August 2013
Dear Senator Carr
The NEC investigating the NEC is clearly an unsatisfactory way of arriving at the truth as to how many voters were prevented from voting,and why,and how the missing votes (estimated to be as high as 1 million) might have affected the election's eventual outcome both in terms of seats in the National Assembly and who - Hun Sen or Sam Rainsy - should be Cambodia's next Prime Minister.
If an independent investigation were to discover that the 'irregularities' were minor and have not dramatically altered to end result of the election a new Hun Sen government can be sworn in and the opposition, the Cambodian National Rescue Party, can get on with the business of being an effective opposition.
In light of the Australian government's belief that the conducting of free and fair elections was important enough to invest $2.2 million to encourage, will you, as Australia's Foreign Minister, now request of Prime Minister Hun Sen and the National Election Committee that a truly independent investigation into alleged election 'irregularities' occur?