Cambodia poll body to ratify poll tally next week

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian election officials say they will release complete general election results on Saturday and ratify them as official four days later if there are no complaints from the contending political parties.

Both the ruling Cambodian People’s Party and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party claim to have won the July 28 polls. The opposition also says there were irregularities in voter registrations that could have deprived more than 1 million people of their right to vote.

Provisional results released by the government-appointed election committee favor the ruling party’s claim, and long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen says he will take office again if those results stand.

Election committee Secretary-General Tep Nytha said Monday that if the results are challenged, the final official tally will be issued Sept. 8.

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