NEC reallocates parliament seats

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The CNRP lost 55 National Assembly seats. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The National Election Committee yesterday confirmed how the CNRP’s 55 parliamentary seats would be distributed among smaller parties that failed to win any seats in the last general election.

NEC deputy secretary-general Som Sorida said the CNRP’s seats were shared among five of six eligible political parties following the dissolution of the opposition last week.

“We submitted the list of the reallocations to the National Assembly already,” he said.

Funcipec has been given 41 seats, the League for Democracy Party six seats, the Khmer Anti-Poverty Party five seats, the Cambodian Nationality Party two seats and the Khmer Economic Development Party one seat.

“The Republican Democracy Party was not given any seats because they did not get enough support from voters,” Mr Sorida said.

He added that the League for Democracy and the Anti-Poverty parties had refused to take up their seats, so they would need to be handed to other parties.

“The ruling CPP has not received any of the CNRP’s old seats,” he said. “It already has a parliamentary majority with 68 seats.”

Mr Sorida said the NEC had now fulfilled its duties in relation to reassigning the CNRP’s National Assembly seats.

The committee is now waiting for Interior Ministry documents to redistribute the opposition’s seats in local communes.

Parliament spokesman Leng Peng Long said the National Assembly standing committee would next have to approve the NEC’s recommendations.

“It will not take too long to validate,” he said.

The Grassroots Democracy Party and Khmer Power Party have also informed the NEC that they would not accept any of the CNRP’s old seats if offered.

Last month Funcinpec leader Prince Norodom Ranariddh said he would willingly take seats.

“I do nothing and they give me 41 seats, so I am happy to accept and don’t ask me about that,” he said.

The Supreme Court last week decided to dissolve the opposition CNRP following complaints filed by Funcinpec and the Cambodian Youth Party in the wake of CNRP leader Kem Sokha’s arrest on treason charges.

The court also banned 118 CNRP members from politics for five years.

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