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Parties To Establish Team for Election Investigation

Negotiators for the ruling and opposition parties Prum Sokha (right) and Son Chhay (left) brief media after the two sides agreed to form special team to investigate allegations of election irregularities.
Negotiators for the ruling and opposition parties have agreed to establish a special team to investigate allegations of election irregularities, officials said Tuesday.

The decision was made by a working group that met for two hours at the National Assembly on Tuesday.

Son Chhay, a lawmaker for the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, which has rejected preliminary results by the National Election Committee, said if irregularities are found by the investigative team, “we will consider how we can take action against the NEC.”

A date to establish the team was not determined.

Disagreements over the results of the July 28 election could mean political deadlock on the formation of a new government and are stoking fears of post-election violence over widespread accusations of voter fraud at the polls.

The CPP has said it won the election with 68 of 123 National Assembly seats, a number the Rescue Party disputes.

Observers say the voting was marred by omitted names from the national voter registry, duplicate names at polling sites, and the potential for multiple votes by a single person.

The National Election Committee has said its investigations into irregularities are complete, even as outside donors and monitors have called for a closer look.

The Constitutional Council is meanwhile looking into 19 separate allegations of irregularities, including a number of complaints over the election results that are on appeal from the National Election Committee.