The ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have reached a consensus on how to reform the National Election Committee (NEC) during a private meeting between members.

CNRP President Sam Raisy announced that result in a meeting with his party’s supporters in Kampot province on April 8.

Rainsy said that the current political situation is at crossroads and whether it will deteriorate or get better depends on the result of the upcoming negotiations between the two parties in the near future.

He hinted that there are three possibilities for the NEC reform: the two sides can choose members from their own parties, or choose independent individuals as well as people from the two parties, or choose all independent individuals to participate in the committee reform.

The CNRP leader also said his party will negotiate with the CPP on when the next election will be held at their top-level meeting in the coming time.

The CPP and CNRP are ready for a meeting between Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng and Rainsy to settle the political dispute following the election in July last year.

The election results announced by the NEC showed that the CPP won 68 parliamentary seats against the 55 seats taken by the CNRP.

Claiming serious irregularities during the poll, the CNRP refused to accept the results and demanded the establishment of an independent committee to investigate the election outcome. It has boycotted parliament and held many protests demanding for a re-election.

The two sides have held many meetings, including the top-level one between Prime Minister Hun Sen and Rainsy in September last year, however, they did not reach any significant breakthrough on those occasions.-VNA