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Decision of the National Election Committee to Announce Preliminary Election Results Prior to Independent Investigation 

2013-08-12 - CLEC

We, the members of the Situation Room on Cambodia's National Election would like to express our extreme disappointment with the decision of the National Election Committee (NEC) to announce the preliminary election results prior to a transparent and independent investigation into widespread irregularities, and prior to verification of discrepancies between election results offered by the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) and the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP).

This decision flies in the face progress in negotiations between these parties. This attitude does nothing but increase existing tension amongst Cambodia's disenfranchised voters. During such a tense period the announcement will obviously invite reaction and is potentially destabilizing for the nation.

We remind the National Election Committee of the sentiments of the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Cambodia who recognizes that "if the electoral process is unable to command the trust and confidence of the electorate, the very foundation of the Cambodian political and constitutional architecture embodied in the Paris Peace Agreements will be shaken and the country may run the risk of a return to violence."

The consequences of such would lie with the NEC and will be noted in history.

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Thun Saray

Board Director of Comfrel

016 440 044

Mr. Sok Samoeun

Chairman of CHRAC

012 901 199

Mr. Hang Puthea

Executive Director of NICFEC

012 959 666

Mr. Preap Kol

Executive Director of TI Cambodia

012 877 833

Mr. Him Yun

Coordinator of CISA

012 947 022

Mrs. Ros Sopheap

Executive Director of GAD/C

012 627 857

Mr. Chhit Sam Ath

Executive Director of NGO Forum

012 928 585

Mr. Yeng Virak

Executive Director of CLEC

066 777 000

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