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NEC resolves all election complaints

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NEC officials check ballots to ascertain the preliminary election results on June 13. NEC

NEC resolves all election complaints

The National Election Committee (NEC) has resolved all complaints regarding alleged irregularities in the June 5 commune council elections.

NEC spokesman Som Sorida told The Post on June 20 that the last 18 complaints had been received by the NEC, of which 17 were from municipal and provincial electoral commissions, with one sent directly to the NEC.

Sorida said letters of notification had been sent to the complainants. Now that all complaints had been resolved, the NEC will officially announce the 5th-mandate commune election results on June 26, he added.

“[On] Saturday, one day prior to the election day on June 5, NEC received a total of 142 complaints, 80 of which were received at the commune level, while 56 went to municipal and provincial electoral commissions, with one sent directly to the NEC,” he said.

Candlelight Party vice-president Thach Setha told The Post on June 20 that most of his party’s complaints at the commune, municipal and provincial electoral commissions had been dismissed.

“Complaints to the NEC could be dismissed like at the commune electoral commissions, and the municipal and provincial election commissions too,” he said.

Sam Sokuntheamy, the executive director of the Neutral and Impartial Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (NICFEC), told The Post on June 13 that some of the political complaints had been rejected by the NEC because they were related to crimes, with others beyond the statute of limitations.

Sokuntheamy said political parties’ complaints to the NEC mostly related to irregularities prior to the day of the election.

However, he said: “We don’t have much information about resolved complaints because the NEC doesn’t disclose this publicly”.

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