The Sam Rainsy and Human Rights parties on Monday filed
complaints over July's election results with two representative countries of
the 1991 Paris Peace Accords.
The ruling Cambodian People's Party and the National
Election Committee had violated the Accords and denied Cambodians a democratic
election, the parties said Monday in complaints to France and Indonesia.
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy said he wanted the countries to
intervene, but he declined to say how. The Accords require democratic
elections, and Sam Rainsy said July's election had not been democratic.
The CPP has warned that the parties must participate in a
swearing-in ceremony of the new National Assembly, scheduled for Sept. 24, or
risk having their seats reallocated among other parites.
Both parties reiterated their plan to boycott that meeting
in protest of the election results Monday.
Human Rights Party President Kem Sokha said the 18 national
signatories to the Accords had a responsibility to ensure free and fair
"They must not only sign, but they have to follow what
happens in Cambodia,"
he said. "Cambodia
is not alone."
Sam Rainsy said more than 20,000 people had thumb-printed a
petition claiming they were denied their right to vote in the election.
As many as 800,000 administrative forms had been
fraudulently issued during the election, allowing nearly 1 million people to
vote who were not eligible under election law, he said.
NEC Secretary-General Tep Nitha said Monday the parties had
a right to complain to the international community, but the election body had
done what the election law required.
Hang Puthea, executive director of the Neutral and Impartial Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia, said countries that signed the Peace Accords should issue some
kind of response to the complaint, in order to demonstrate their continued
roles in free and fair elections in Cambodia.
This is the first time parties have complained using the
Accords, he said.
The complaints could cause the National Election Committee
to pay more attention to regulations for the next election, he said.