Prime Minister Hun Sen has challenged opposition members to swear for allegedly accusing the ruling CPP of inflating the rate of voter turnout in the July 29 election.
Speaking to about 70 athletes at Peace Building in Phnom Penh today, Mr Hun Sen said that opposition members should swear to be struck by lightning if the turnout rate was exaggerated.
“Do you dare to swear?” he asked.
“I want to send message: Do all of you dare to swear to be struck to death by lightning or all kinds of deaths because you alleged that the people were intimidated or coerced” Mr Hun Sen said.
Preliminary results from the National Election Committee show a voter turnout rate of 82.89 percent, with the CPP securing 76.78 percent of votes nationwide.
However, invalid ballots ballooned to nearly 600.000 compared to about 100,000 in the 2013 election when voter turnout was about 69 percent.