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Wait for official results: NEC

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National Election Committee spokesman Dim Sovannarom speaks with Khmer Times COO Kay Kimsong. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The National Election Committee yesterday said it has not and will not recognise any counts made by political parties for the national election, noting that the public should await its release of official results before jumping to conclusions.

During a discussion organised by Khmer Times, NEC spokesman Dim Sovannarom said that any quick count results by political parties and civil organisations should not be taken as official.

“It’s not official and we don’t recognise it,” Mr Sovannarom said.

According to National Election Committee’s preliminary results, the CPP secured roughly 4.8 million votes, dwarfing the two parties including the two closest competitors – Funcinpec party with 373,526 votes and the League for Democratic Party with 308,292 votes.

Based on its own calculations, the CPP said that it secured all 125 parliamentary seats after garnering 77.36 percent of all valid ballots.

But the NEC has not yet released official results and parliamentary seats have not been allocated.

Mr Sovannarom added that the NEC is on track to solve nearly 2,500 complaints made by various political parties over the election, noting that preliminary and official election results will be on schedule.

Mr Sovannarom added that there have been a lot of complaints over the election when compared to previous ones, but the majority were made by the League for Democracy Party over how ballots were marked, an issued that was dismissed before the vote.

“The NEC has received more than 2,500 complaints from political parties,” he said. “The NEC is now working hard to solve these complaints and will be ready on August 11 and August 15 to release the results.”

He said that most of the complaints were filed by the League for Democracy Party over ballot markings and intimidation. The Grassroots Democratic Party and the Cambodian Youth Party also filed complaints, he said.

According to an NEC statement published Wednesday, there were 2,525 complaints, including complaints from the CYP, LDP and GDP.

“Among those complaints, 34 asked for us to press charges, while 2,491 complaints were filed regarding the election itself and how the ballots were counted,” the statement said.

The statement added that commune election commissions rejected thousands of complaints and processed dozens during this week.

“Among 25 cities and provinces, only Preah Sihanouk and Preah Vihear had no complaints,” the statement said.

Mr Sovannarom said that the election was monitored by both local and foreign observers, and denied allegations that the election was rigged.

“No one has the right to become an obstacle and disrupt the NEC because we’re mandated by law to carry out these elections freely and fairly,” he said.

Mr Sovannarom said the NEC worked hard to make the election successful, citing an example in Mondulkiri province where three officials risked their lives in the face of massive flooding to get election materials into the province.

“We worked hard to fulfil our work for the election and we had to use elephants, boats and helicopters in flooded areas to make the election happen,” he said.

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