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NEC: No complaints filed over ‘unfair’ election

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THE National Election Committee yesterday said that it has not received any formal complaints from political parties claiming that the national election was not free or fair.

NEC spokesman Hang Puthea yesterday said that most parties only complained through the media.

“I don’t have any official complaints yet sent to the NEC rejecting election results,” Mr Puthea said, noting that all political parties signed a contract with the NEC to recognise the official results.

“It won’t affect the results because the NEC followed the law,” he added. “We conducted the election with transparency because we tally the ballots in real time.”

Mr Puthea’s comments came after the Reaksmey Khemara Party on Tuesday criticised the election in a letter sent to the Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia.

“The national election process was neither free nor fair,” RKP president Sin Sopheap said in the letter.

The Grassroots Democratic Party also said on Wednesday that the election was not up to standard as it accused the ruling CPP of intimidation and vote-buying.

The GDP’s comments came after it released a statement on Tuesday as well, claiming that it knew the election was neither free nor fair prior to it taking place.

“The GDP knew in advance that the election was not fully up to a free and fair standard because of the CNRP’s dissolution, civil society organisation intimidated, restrictions on the freedom of the press and state infrastructure being used for campaigning,” it said in the statement.

CPP spokesman Sok Eysan yesterday responded to the allegations.

He said that Cambodia is united in its choice to continue supporting the ruling party, noting that nearly 80 percent of votes cast went to the CPP.

“Don’t just evaluate the election based on what someone said or what someone heard,” he said.

According to preliminary NEC results, more than 6.9 million people cast ballots on Sunday, representing 82.89 percent of eligible voters.

The CPP secured 76.78 percent, about 4.8 million, of votes nationwide.

The NEC will announce all preliminary election results on August 11.

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