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Deadlock Beyond NEC to Fix: Election Official

The post-election deadlock between the ruling government and the opposition will not be solved by the National Election Committee, an official said Monday.

The NEC does not have jurisdiction over any party that chooses not to be sworn into the new government, a threat being made by the opposition as it contests election results.

However, if a party chooses to give up its seats, the NEC will "divide those seats in the constituency," said Keo Phalla, director of the NEC's legal service department, as a guest on "Hello VOA."

The NEC works on four main issues: voter lists, party registration, campaigning and the vote, said Som Sorida, executive secretary of NEC's General Secretariat, also as a guest on "Hello VOA."