To elect Sixth Executive President:
It is all systems go as the nation elects its
sixth Executive President today, the first Presidential poll to be
held in post war Sri Lanka. A total of 14,088,500 eligible voters
will cast their ballot in 11,098 centres throughout the country.
Colombo District has the largest number of voters (1,521,854) and
Trincomalee the smallest (241,133). Polling will commence at 7 a.m.
and end at 4 p.m. Special arrangements have been made for the
displaced persons in the North to cast their votes. Elections
Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake has appealed to voters to cast
their vote early.
President calls for democratic and peaceful poll
I respectfully call upon our people to safeguard
democracy and the dignity of the Motherland by united, resolute,
calm and peaceful behaviour to ensure Sri Lanka’s position in the
community of nations as one that respects human rights and protects
democracy, states President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in a statement on the
eve of the Presidential Election.
Govt committed to fair poll
As the campaigning for the Presidential
Election, scheduled for today has come to a close, the Government is
aware of the considerable interest abroad in the first such election
in which the entire country can participate freely, since the
decisive defeat of terrorism in the country in May last year, the
Government said in a release yesterday.
NPOC on election violence
National Polls Observation Center (NPOC) Media
Spokesman Saman Galappatti yesterday stated that there had been 587
incidents of election violence reported and 369 were incidents
without suspects being revealed. Of all the incidents only 24
incidents were serious breaches of which four were connected to
deaths and another 14 crimes that were committed using firearms.