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Cambodia's Constitutional Council looks into poll complaints

English.news.cn   2013-08-20 11:41:22            

PHNOM PENH, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia's Constitutional Council on Tuesday held a plenary session to discuss and resolve complaints filed by the opposition party against the results of the country's July 28 election, in which the ruling party is initially announced to have won a majority of votes.

The session is chaired by Ek Sam Ol, president of the Constitutional Council.

"The Constitutional Council is resolving 19 complaints including 9 complaints filed against the National Election Committee (NEC)'s decision to reject complaints against preliminary election results," the Constitutional Council said in a statement.

The Constitutional Council is the final arbiter for resolving election complaints. Tep Nytha, NEC's secretary general, told Xinhua on Saturday that the Constitutional Council would take about two weeks to resolve those complaints so that the final election results would be released by Sept. 8.

Initial election results showed that the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) of incumbent Prime Minister Hun Sen won the poll with 68 seats of the 123 parliamentary seats, while the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) of longtime opposition leader Sam Rainsy got the remaining 55 seats.

But the CNRP did not recognize the results, claiming serious irregularities during the poll. It said the party had won 63 seats, with the CPP getting the remaining 60 seats.

The CNRP has requested an independent poll probe committee that excludes the participation from the current NEC, which is widely seen as being loyal to the ruling CPP.

However, the CPP has rejected the request, saying that no joint poll probe committee will be formed without the NEC's involvement because it is against the Cambodian law.

The ruling CPP on Monday evening issued a statement to deny the allegations by the opposition party that it has collusion with the NEC for ballot-rigging.

"Some allegations that the CPP has collusion with the NEC for vote-rigging are groundless accusations and have intention to mislead the public about the election process in Cambodia," said the CPP statement.

According to the constitution, a new parliament will be established no later than 60 days after the election.

CNRP's Vice President Kem Sokha said last Thursday that the party will boycott the first parliamentary session and call for a mass protest if the proposed independent committee is not established.

Soldiers, police and military police with armored vehicles have been deployed on the outskirts of capital Phnom Penh after the opposition's threat of mass protests.

Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Aug. 2 that a new parliament and a new government would be formed as scheduled despite the opposition's boycott.

According to the constitution, he said, a new government would be formed by a 50 percent plus one majority, or 63 lawmakers, in the new parliament.

Hun Sen, 61, who has been in power for 28 years, will extend his power for further five years through the election victory.

Editor: Chen Zhi
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