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NEC upholding final decisions for 8 plaintiffs

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A woman casts her ballot at Toul Kork High School in the capital’s Tuol Kork district during the commune council elections on June 5. Hong Menea

NEC upholding final decisions for 8 plaintiffs

The National Election Committee (NEC) received almost 200 complaints from different political parties in relation to the campaign and process of the 5th-mandate commune council elections. As of June 9, the NEC, whose final decisions cannot be appealed, had decided on eight complaints.

NEC spokesman Som Sorida told The Post on June 9 that some of these complaints had been resolved by the Commune Electoral Commission, the Capital Election Commission and the NEC. Some complaints were still being addressed.

The NEC decided on case numbers 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 156, 157 and 158, which were complaints appealing the decision of the Phnom Penh municipal and Tbong Khmum provincial election commissions.

In all of the case numbers bar 156, the NEC considered the decision of the Phnom Penh commission – to order the cessation of all campaign activities by the Candlelight Party – the correct one. It determined that the municipal commission had correctly adjudged that Candlelight Party candidates had breached the code of conduct and rules and procedures expected of them.

In case number 156, the NEC rejected the complaint of Candlelight Party member Sok Srey Nuon, upholding the decision of the Tbong Khmum election commission, which fined her 5,000,000 riel. It was determined that her wrongdoing was at the minimum level in accordance with Article 181 of the Law on Commune Council Elections.

The NEC announced on June 9 that it will soon assemble all materials and documents from the elections. They will be transported from all 25 capital-provincial election commissions from June 10-14 to the NEC’s headquarters and stored at its warehouse.

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