Opposition parties have filed a fresh complaint with the Constitutional Council over the controversial formula for allocating parliamentary seats.
The joint complaint from Funcinpec and the Sam Rainsy Party was filed Friday after individual complaints on the issue were rejected by the Council because the groups had missed the deadline.
Ou Bunlong, complaints coordinator for the Sam Rainsy Party, rejected the Council’s assertion that the complaint should have been filed 72 hours after the announcement of provisional election results on Aug 5.
“This complaint is not about the results, it is about the formula,” he said. “The formula is not applied yet.”
The opposition complaint challenges the NEC to prove that the final formula chosen was legally adopted by a full vote by committee members.
Unless the committee can prove this, they say, the formula originally publicized by the NEC must stand.
Meanwhile, in a separate case pertaining to the election results, NEC officials are to appear today before a public hearing of the Constitutional Council to explain why the committee abandoned ballot recounts after counting only eight communes.
You Kan of the training and civic education subcommittee and Tip Jahnvibol of the legal services and disputes subcommittee will represent the NEC at a hearing set for 8 am today.