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Official Election Results Set to Be Announced as Opposition Cries Foul

On election day, Cambodians line up to cast their votes at Kesararam Primary School polling station, Siem Reap, Cambodia, Sunday June 4, 2017. (Thida Win/VOA Khmer)

The result will be announced at 9am and again at 7pm, according to the NEC’s website.

The National Election Committee will announce the official results of the June 4 commune elections on Sunday amid complaints from the opposition that legal challenges they filed were dismissed without reason.

Hang Puthea, NEC spokesman, said the body would not accept further legal challenges after June 20.

“The NEC will collect and count the results to reveal how much of the vote each political party received.”

The result will be announced at 9am and again at 7pm, he said, as well as being posted on the NEC’s website.

The NEC received 64 official complaints since the election, including 46 calls for recounts.

The NEC added that it had received 15 lawsuits from political parties in Cambodia’s provinces.

Sok Eysan, ruling Cambodian People’s Party spokesman, said the reformed NEC was doing its duty and had acted professionally.

“It can be observed that the NEC has fulfilled their duty responsibly, so we will accept the result.”

Meng Sopheary, the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party’s head of elections, claimed the NEC had “irrationally” dismissed some of the party’s complaints.

“Since the NEC decided to stop accepting lawsuits, there’s nothing we can do about it. But the CNRP is still dissatisfied with the decision. So the CNRP can only accept the result.”

Many of the legal actions taken by the CNRP, she added, concerned ballot papers that were not properly filled out.

More than 7 million people voted in the commune elections, about 90 percent of registered voters.

Unofficial preliminary results announced by the parties suggested the CPP won more than 1,100 of the 1,646 seats up for grabs, while the CNRP extended their vote share significantly and increased the number of councils under their control by more than 350.