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Council accepts first complaint in process

Council accepts first complaint in process

Though most of the opposition complaints reviewed by the Constitutional Council have been dismissed so far, one has been deemed credible and appropriate, a council spokesman said.

According to spokesman Uth Chhorn, one complaint regarding a campaign-period clash between supporters of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party in Kandal province had indeed been the fault of the ruling party, the Constitution Council ruled.

“When we had a look into the complaint, [we] saw that the [CPP] side had abused the [CNRP] side,” Chhorn said. “We told the NEC to warn the CPP side not to do this again.”

Chhorn went on to say, however, that most of the complaints filed by the CNRP were supported by insufficient proof, though he declined to provide precise figures on how many had been rejected.

“Normally, we told the [CNRP] that what the lower level [National Election Committee] did seemed fitting,” Chhorn said. The lone complaint filed by the CPP, he added, had been dismissed on the grounds that it was a case between individuals, and not a political matter.

So far, all of the complaints reviewed have been related to election day and the campaign season, Chhorn continued, noting that it would be an addtional 10 to 20 days before complaints pertaining to preliminary results were settled.

CNRP spokesman Yim Sovann said yesterday that the party had lost interest in the Constitutional Council’s decisions, and accused it of bias towards the CPP.

“Even though [we] have evidence, they have always judged [that we will] lose forever,” he said, maintaining that the opposition would receive a fair shake only once the NEC and Constitutional Council had both been reformed.

“We do not have faith” in them, he added. “We are waiting for an agreement between the parties.”

But according to CNRP chief whip Son Chhay, no progress has been made on bipartisan talks since Tuesday’s sit-down, which itself yielded little in the way of consensus.

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