The royalist FUNCINPEC Party of Cambodia on July 30 called for the establishment of an independent committee to investigate irregularities during the fifth general election, which took place on July 28.

According to the initial results, the party did not get even a single seat in the poll. Meanwhile, the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) of longtime Prime Minister Hun Sen gained the victory with 68 parliamentary seats and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) got the remaining 55 seats.

The same day, CNRP leader Sam Rainsy sent his petition to the National Election Committee (NEC) to set up a joint commission, including representatives from political parties, the United Nations and civil organisations, to look into election irregularities.

Earlier on July 29, Sam Rainsy threatened to call for a nationwide demonstration to oppose the voting results. His party also organised a press conference to announce its rejections to the outcomes.-VNA