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NEC to announce council election preliminary results

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NEC officials tally election results. KT/Khem Sovannara

The National Election Committee will announce preliminary results of the council elections today ahead of the official announcement set for June 8.

“Tomorrow, the NEC will announce the preliminary results of the municipal, provincial and district council elections,” NEC vice president Nuth Sokhom said yesterday.

Mr Sokhom said the NEC has been verifying ballots collected during the council elections last week.

“Election day was smooth and so is the ballot review process,” he said. “We are very proud of the way the council elections were handled.”

NEC spokesman Hang Puthea yesterday said that today at about 9am, the NEC will hold a final check before announcing the preliminary results.

“All political parties who participated in the council elections can wait until we announce the preliminary results,” Mr Puthea said.

He noted that even though preliminary results are to be announced, how many seats a party gets will not yet be revealed because the NEC is still waiting on its technical officials to calculate the results.

Earlier this week, the NEC announced that the ruling Cambodian People’s Party earned 11,123 out of 11,565 votes cast by commune councillors.

Ouk Kim Han, deputy cabinet chief of the CPP, yesterday said he does not yet know how many seats the CPP will receive.

“I just know that the CPP garnered the most votes in the elections,” Mr Kim Han said, adding that he was happy about the election process. “On behalf of the CPP, I am happy with the process of the elections.”

Other parties that have garnered votes include Funcinpec with 226 votes, Khmer National United Party with 175, Khmer Nationality Party with 14, Cambodian Youth Party with eight, and the Khmer Will Party with two.

KNUP spokesman Run Meatra said it expects to have fewer seats than it currently holds because their seats used to belong to the now dissolved CNRP.

“We will wait to see the preliminary results by the NEC,” Mr Meatra said.

Nop Sothearith, spokesman for Funcinpec, said that the election process was smooth and that the party has no complaints.

“Funcinpec party will not file a complaint about the council election process because it was smooth,” Mr Sothearith said.

There were 559 municipal and provincial seats up for grabs in Phnom Penh and the 24 provinces, along with 3,555 council seats in the rest of the Kingdom’s districts and cities.

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