Takeo Provincial Election Commission receives hundreds of complaints

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Takeo province – The Provincial Election Commission here has received 200 complaints over the national election, the majority from the League for Democracy Party, it said yesterday.

According to a report signed by PEC secretariat chief Sok Kong Kearath, the complaints were filed in eight out of ten districts throughout the province, while complaints from Borey Cholsa and Kirivong districts were still pending yesterday evening.

The majority came from the LDP, which argued with officials at many polling stations over how ballots had been marked and which should be considered valid or invalid. The LDP made a push that was shot down prior to the election to require voters to only use check marks.

“The majority of the complaints came from the League for Democracy Party, which argued that NEC officials at polling stations failed to instruct voters on how to correctly tick ballot tickets,” Mr Kong Kearath said. “They wanted the NEC to only accept a tick as valid, while dismissing other forms of markings as invalid.”

Mr Kong Kearath said that complaints filed before 11:30am yesterday were considered valid. Mr Kong Kearath noted that LDP’s complaints were filed in vain due to the NEC’s policies and decisions being irreversible.

LDP president Khem Veasna on Monday demanded that only a single tick should be accepted as valid by the NEC, but met serious opposition to the idea on several levels.

Mr Veasna had made previous requests to the NEC that were then rejected by it and the National Assembly prior to the election. The NEC said that any marking will do and could be used to cast a vote, a rule that was enacted during the United Nations-brokered election in 1993.

Un Rey, a PEC official in charge of Angkor Borey district, said yesterday that there were a total of 25 complaints from six communes, all of which were valid and solely from the LDP.

“All of the complaints are from the LDP over how ballot tickets were ticked,” Mr Rey said. “We need to obey the rules of the NEC.”

“The NEC is like the mother and the PEC is like the child,” he added. “We must respect their rules and not disrespect the mother.”

NEC preliminary results show that the LDP received 21,555 votes in Takeo province, about four percent of the total 494,717 ballots cast, which account for 84.49 percent of registered voters.

More than 6.9 million people cast their ballots on Sunday, representing 82.89 percent of the 8.3 million registered to vote. In 2013, voter turnout was about 69 percent, with 6.6 million valid ballots cast.

According to preliminary National Election Committee results, the ruling CPP secured 76.78 percent of valid votes nationwide, roughly 4.8 million, meaning that it will likely secure all 125 seats in the National Assembly.

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