An international election observation group has issued a critical report on Thailand’s first election since a 2014 military coup, saying the “tabulation and consolidation of ballots were deeply flawed.”

The Asian Network for Free Elections says those issues led to the announcement of some preliminary results that were “wildly inaccurate.”

It says the inaccuracies damaged the “perceived integrity of the general election.”

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha arrives at the government house in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha arrives at the government house in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thailand’s Election Commission has defended the count and said full preliminary results will be released Friday.

Tuesday’s comments from the observers come as a military-backed party and the party whose government was ousted in the coup both claim they should form the next government.

Preliminary results show the anti-military party won the most seats, while the military party appears to have gotten the most votes in Sunday’s poll.

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, center, talks to performers in classic Ramayana, during an event to promote Thai Heritage Conservation Day before cabinet meeting at the government house in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, center, talks to performers in classic Ramayana, during an event to promote Thai Heritage Conservation Day before cabinet meeting at the government house in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

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