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LDP files over 1,000 poll complaints

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League for Democracy leader Khem Veasna shows his inked finger after voting in the capital on Sunday. Heng Chivoan

LDP files over 1,000 poll complaints

As many as 2,206 complaints have been filed with the National Election Committee (NEC) over Sunday’s poll, 2,175 of which come from the League for Democracy Party (LDP), according to NEC spokesman Hang Puthea.

Apparently, the complaints are mostly about problems with check marks on the ballot papers.

“Most of the complaints came from the LDP in regards to tick marks on the ballots. The same party had also made complaints before the election, and we will issue a letter in response,” Puthea said.

However, LDP secretary-general Chin Thun said his party has only submitted 1,367 complaints, 288 of which were denied at the commune level. His team is continuing to gather evidence for the NEC.

Thun said most of the complaints were about irregular markings on the ballot paper, observers being sent away during ballot counting, observers being prohibited from taking photographs, and recount requests.

“There are a number of issues. I want to say that in general the laws were not applied. They applied power outside of the law to do the work.

“We will follow our procedures. After we collect all the complaints from our agents in the provinces, we will file them with the NEC,” he said.

Tol Prasadh, the deputy secretary-general of the Khmer Will Party (KWP), said it did not file any complaints or find any irregularities because the election went well.

He said his party was now waiting for the official results from the NEC.

GDP spurns election

The Grassroots Democratic Party (GDP) on Tuesday issued a statement saying the election wasn’t free or fair.

It cited the Supreme Court dissolution of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), alleged intimidation of civil society organisations, restrictions on journalists, and use of government structures for campaigning purposes.

It claimed that the GDP participated in the election in order to educate people and plant a new political culture, adding that it believes Cambodian’s will, ultimately, support peaceful change.

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