National Election Committee members testified before the
Constitutional Council on Thursday, to defend the committee's denial of three
complaints of opposition parties of election irregularities.
The committee submitted 30 legal documents to support its reject
of complaints that voters were deleted from lists, that illegal forms were used
for voter identification and that some voter names appeared twice on voter
The Sam Rainsy party had complained of the name omissions
and the use of form No. 1018. The Human Rights Party complained of double names
being used on some voter lists. Both parties have contested the election
Thursday's proceeding will be followed testimonies from
representatives of each party. The Council will then decide whether to conduct
a full hearing surrounding the complaints.
"We raised the legal issues and reasoning to explain to
the Constitutional Council of our denial of the complaints of irregularities by
the political parties," Ke Rith, a legal representative of the NEC, said
Thursday following Thursday's session.
The NEC told the Council its decisions had been lawful, he
"We have full legal documents and fair evidence to show
the Constitutional Council to defend the NEC decision," Keo Phalla, chief
of the legal department of the NEC, said. "All of the documents are very
strong legally, because all the decisions by the NEC depend on legal
principles, internal rules, and procedures. So we hope that the decision of the
Constitutional Council ill also depend on the same legalities."
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy has said he has little faith
the Council will rule in favor or his party, claiming the Council is biased
toward the ruling Cambodian People's Party.