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Cambodian opposition parties file


August 1, 2008

Cambodian opposition parties file complaint over election
Cambodian opposition parties have filed a complaint to the king against election officials for allegedly preventing one million people from voting in last weekend’s poll, said AFP Thursday.

The opposition Sam Rainsy Party, Human Rights Party, and Norodom Ranariddh Party told King Norodom Sihamoni that one million registered voters were cut from the rolls by National Election Committee (NEC) officials.

“This act is an intentional mistake which is committed by election officials,” the parties said in the joint letter, released late Wednesday.

“This is a serious mistake committed by NEC officials at all levels which prevented at least one million people from voting,” the letter said, asking the king to find a way for them to cast ballots before the announcement of official election results.

Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party has claimed a landslide victory in Sunday’s election, saying it captured at least 90 of the 123 seats in parliament. Final results of the poll are expected in September.

More than six million out of 8.1 million eligible voters cast ballots in the poll.
European Union election observers have said only about 50,000 could not find their names registered when they attempted to vote.

The NEC has denied opposition allegations that voters were left off the rolls on purpose.

The opposition parties have rejected the results of the election and demanded a re-run of the poll.

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