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NEC Considers Two Extra Parties

The National Election Committee will consider two more political parties to contest the July election, officials said Thursday.

The Just Society and League for Democracy parties have yet to be reviewed, said NEC Secretary-General Tep Nitha.

The NEC has denied the application of the Khmer United People Party, which has forwarded an appeal to the Constitutional Council.

So far 12 parties have submitted applications to the NEC, of an estimated 57 registered with the Ministry of Interior. That’s 11 fewer parties than in the 2003 general election.

The Cambodian People’s, Norodom Ranariddh and Human Rights parties have all been officially approved, with the opposition Sam Rainsy Party still under review.

The Khmer Republican Party, a throwback to the former prime minister, Lon Nol, is also under review.

The Committee for Free and Fair Elections said Thursday it had closely reviewed the registration step of the election process and found no serious irregularities.