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Cambodia: CPP denies collusion with election council to rig votes

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The ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) of long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen on August 19 denied the allegations by the opposition party that it has colluded with the National Election Committee (NEC) for ballot- rigging.

"Some allegations that the CPP has colluded with the NEC for vote-rigging are groundless accusations and intended to mislead the public about the election process in Cambodia, the CPP categorically rejects these allegations" said a CPP's statement.

The denial came after the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) of opposition leader Sam Rainsy had repeatedly accused the NEC of being controlled by the CPP and rigging votes for the ruling Party during the July 28 national election.

Initial election results showed that the ruling CPP won the poll with 68 seats of the 123 parliamentary seats, while the opposition CNRP got the remaining 55 seats.

However, the CNRP did not recognise the results, claiming serious irregularities during the poll.

According to the Cambodian Constitution, a new parliament will be established no later than 60 days after the election.

CNRP's Vice President Kem Sokha said that his party will boycott the first parliamentary session and call for a mass demonstration if the proposed independent investigation committee is not established.

Prime Minister Hun Sen affirmed that a new parliament and a new government will be established as scheduled despite the opposition's boycott.-VNA
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