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Monitors, Rights Groups Disappointed by Election Results

Low voter turnout, violence and Election-Day irregularities made for disappointing commune elections earlier this month and disappointing results Monday, monitoring and rights groups said.

Only 66 percent of registered voters went to the polls, and many people had difficulty finding their names on voter-registration lists, several groups charged.

Chief investigator for the Committee for Free and Fair Elections, Mar Sophal, said the majority of villagers had difficulty finding their names in voting April 1, leading to perhaps 18 percent of registered voters failing to cast a ballot.

The National Election Committee said Monday the Cambodian People's Party won chief seats in 1,591 communes, followed by the Sam Rainsy Party's 28 and Funcinpec's two.

No one from the Norodom Ranariddh Party nor any of the eight smaller parties won chief positions.