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Angela Leong and Coutinho appeal to TUI over election result
The General Counting Commission has finished recounting more than 52,000 votes received by lists number 1, 9 and 13 and yesterday announced the final result. The second candidate from Jose Coutinho’s list number 9, Leong Veng Chai, retained his seat, beating the 15th candidate Wong Seng Hong from Angela Leong’s list number 1 by 15 votes.
Both Angela Leong and Pereira Coutinho have vowed to appeal the result. The president of the General Counting Commission, Mai Man Ieng, also said that all three lists mentioned above had expressed their wishes to file an appeal but the organization had not yet received any notification of appeal from any of them.
Mr. Wong Seng Hong told Business Daily before the announcement about their intentions to lodge an appeal to the Court of Final Appeal (TUI) regarding several invalid votes. “As far as I know, some other groups have also made similar actions”, Mr. Wong said. If the verdict of the court is against Mr. Wong’s list, he said they would have to accept it. Mr. Coutinho also announced that he would lodge an appeal because of some invalid votes.
According to the electoral law, any candidate who wants to appeal against the vote counting result has to lodge it on the day following the result announcement. TUI will then have 2 days to make a final verdict. There are several possible verdicts that the court might hand down. The first is to declare that the result submitted by the General Counting Commission is valid. The second would be to rule in favor of the list(s) that lodged the appeal(s). The third one, which is unprecedented, is to order a re-run of the election.
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