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Final vote tally shows no change

Voter casts ballot in Kandal.
A voter casts her ballot in Kandal province on election day. PHA LINA

Final vote tally shows no change

The National Election Committee this morning issued its final results, confirming a win by the ruling Cambodian People’s Party, which took 68 seats in the National Assembly to the opposition’s 55.

Results were announced this morning on state broadcaster TVK. NEC secretary-general Tep Nytha also announced – for the first time – the candidates who won seats in each province. While parties submit ranked lists of candidates in the run up to the vote, post-election adjustments are common.

At least two of the “dynasty candidates” who were ranked too low to win seats have been moved up to take positions.

Prime Minister Hun Sen’s son, Hun Many, was moved into the second of three slots in Kampong Speu. At 31, he will be the youngest of 123 lawmakers to take a seat.

Sar Sokha, the son of Minister of Interior Sar Kheng, was moved into a seat in Prey Veng.

The results came 24-hours after the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party held a long-planned mass demonstration calling for a thorough investigation into election irregularities. The party maintains it won the election with 63 seats, based on its own figures tallied at polling stations.

Both the NEC and the Constitutional Council – the highest adjudicating body – have repeatedly ruled that small irregularities uncovered during and prior to Election Day were not severe enough to have affected the outcome of the vote.

With formal avenues for investigation now closed, the opposition is seeing its opportunities narrowed.

Opposition lawmakers, party leaders and spokespeople could not immediately be reached for comment as a meeting was ongoing. But CPP spokesman and Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith said today’s results meant the end to any talk of changing numbers.

“The door is still open for suggestion but not the final outcome,” he told the Post.

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