Constitutional Council of Cambodia on Saturday ordered National Election Committee to punish eight election officials in Kratie province for irregularities in national election on July 28. However Ek Sam Ol, president of the top legislative body of Cambodia, announced the irregularities didn't impact the results of the national elections. Ek Sam Ol and most members of the council are member of ruling party Cambodian's People Party of Prime Minister Hun Sen. (Kong Sothanarith, Phnon Penh.)
Safety packages of ballots from Battambang province contain less irregularities comparing to those from Kratie province. Constitutional Council ordered National Election Committee to open the packages for verification in response to the complaints filed by Cambodia National Rescue Party. VOA's Khmer's Khuon Theara reports from Phnom Penh.
All of the 13 safety packages from Kratie province ordered to open by the Constitutional Council for verification were found not properly recorded and unsealed. The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party blasted the NEC for the irregularity and called it a serious fraud. However, NEC said it was merely a technical flaw. Constitutional Council member Prum Nhean Vichetr told reporters after checking the packages that the process was simply to ensure transparency in addressing the opposition's complaints and decision will come later. VOA's Khmer Kong Sothanarith reports from Phnom Penh.
China's foreign minister on Wednesday urged Cambodia to solve its ongoing political deadlock and to quickly form a new government, while firmly supporting Cambodia's current ruling government. Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who was on a bilateral visit to the country, made his remarks following meetings with his counterpart, Hor Namhong, and Prime Minister Hun Sen, amid a political crisis following last month's national elections.Kong Sothanarith, Phnom Penh.