Two minor political parties have refused to accept the results of the Kingdom’s July 29 national elections. One has filed a complaint with the Constitutional Council demanding a recount, while the other has warned that it will lead demonstrations. A National Election Committee (NEC) official said while the complaint was valid, it should not have been sent to the council, while the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) spokesman said the complaint went against the peoples’ will. While the NEC is slated to announce preliminary results later this week and official results on August 15, unofficial calculations have shown that the CPP will control all 125 seats in the National Assembly. Speaking on Sunday, CPP spokesman Sok Eysan urged opposition parties to learn “new strategies” before competing with his party.
Huon Reach Chamroeun, president of the Khmer Economic Development Party (KEDP), said during a press conference on Friday at its Phnom Penh headquarters that it demands the results are scrapped and the election be held again.
“The KEDP declines to accept the preliminary election results, and we demand the government inspect the election ballots again and organise another election,” he said.
In its statement, the KEDP claimed the voter turnout figure of over 82 per cent was fraudulent and claimed the CPP’s victory “was not real”.