An imbalanced National Election Committee will not be able
to fairly resolve issues stemming from Sunday's polls, a senior researcher for
the Asian Human Rights Commission warned this week.
The NEC should work neutrally for all parties, said
researcher Lao Monghay, but a majority of its members are part of the ruling
Cambodian People's Party.
"The mechanism to solve the election dispute during or
after the election should be separate from the election organizer," he
said. "Otherwise it can be wrong for the principle of justice."
The NEC always reacted in favor of the ruling party, he
said, as many members of government acted for the party instead of the public.
"Most of the government officials are members of the
ruling party," he said. "The more they work, the more they serve the
ruling party. For example, parliamentarians are working to speak for the people
in parliament but the parliamentarians are speaking to protect their own party.
They don’t think so much about the people. They forget about the people's
concern. They work for only their party's benefit."
Four non-ruling parties who won seats in the National
Assembly Sunday have protested the election results, and observers have said a
number of irregularities marred the election.
But CPP officials have maintained this year's election was
an improvement over elections past.
"The election this year was so much better than the
election last year," CPP lawmaker Nhim Vanda said. "There was no
violence, but there was fairness, justice, equality and transparency. There was
no manipulating [the vote], as those political parties accused, because after
the election finished, they counted the ballots at that electoral office. Even
in the city or in the local level."