Human Rights Party Presdient Kem Sokha on Tuesday called for
competing political parties to help ensure proper ballot counting after
"If we do not collaborate in protecting ballots from
fraud… the ballots of the people who want to change [the government] leaders
will be cheated," Kem Sokha warned.
Kem Sokha told reporters Tuesday he was appealing for all
parties to cooperate following reports that the ruling Cambodian People's Party
was seeking to buy or threaten observers from other political parties.
CPP National Assembly Vice President Nguon Nhel said the
ruling party has never bought or threatened observers from any parties or other
Sam Rainsy Party officials could not be reached for comment.
Norodom Ranariddh Party and Funcinpec senior officials said
their parties supported the appeal.
Over the past two weeks, Funcinpec has met quietly with
officials the opposition and other competing parties to discuss the protection
of ballot fraud, Funcinpec Secretary-General Nhiek Bunnchhay said.
In 1998 and 2003 election, the Sam Rainsy Party accused the
National Election Committee of cheating the ballots to serve the Cambodian's
NEC Secretary-General Tep Nitha denied such allegations.
"Since previous elections, there was not any evidence
showing ballot fraud," he said. "There was only accusations
against the NEC."
The NEC works to ensure fair ballot-counting by counting in
front of observers and political party members at each ballot station, he said.
Following the local count, the NEC will count the ballots and declare the
results the day after the election.
More than 90,000 NEC officials will work at the 15,255 ballot
stations across the country, while more than 24,000 observers are expected to
work the election.
More than 62,000 political party observers will also join,
he said, including 20,000 from the CPP, 6,000 from the Sam Rainsy Party and
7,600 from the Human Rights Party.