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Polls monitor CAFÉ: ‘poll free and fair’ :

Record 79.1 % turn-out in Elpitiya PS by-poll

More than 53,000 people were eligible to cast their  votes at the Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha election which was held yesterday. Elections officials confirmed that voter turnout exceeded 79 per cent when voting ended  yesterday evening. The voters at a polling station.  Picture by Lankinda Nanayakkara, Imaduwa Group Corr.
More than 53,000 people were eligible to cast their votes at the Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha election which was held yesterday. Elections officials confirmed that voter turnout exceeded 79 per cent when voting ended yesterday evening. The voters at a poll

A record turnout of 79.1 % of voters was registered at yesterday’s Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha Election which was concluded peacefully and quite objectively, Galle District Returning Officer Somarathna Vidanapathirana to the Daily News.

A total of 53,384 voters were eligible to cast their votes at yesterday’s polls.

They cast their votes at 47 polling centers where preliminary counting of same were carried out.

However, final results were to be acknowledged at the Chief Election

Monitoring Center established at the Elpitiya Vocational Training Institute and the authorities hoped to announce the final results by around 10 pm yesterday.

Election propaganda campaigns relating to the Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha election ended by 12 midnight Tuesday.

A total of 28 councilors will be elected to the Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha out of which 17 members will be elected according to electoral wards while the rest will be chosen on proportional representation.

Five recognized political parties, namely, the United National Party, United People’s Freedom Alliance, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, Democratic United Front and Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna contested in this local government election. Police Media Spokesperson Ruwan Gunasekara in a press release regarding the election process declared that yesterday’s Elpitiya Local Government polls was a free and fair election.

“The election was peacefully and properly conducted from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. yesterday ensuring the people’s right to cast their votes freely and unobtrusively,” he further stated.

The Police Spokesperson explained that each of the 47 polling centres was provided with sufficient security with four police officers deployed for each polling booth. In addition 18 mobile police units were on duty throughout the area and eight Police Road blocks were set up at key points of the PS territory.

However, the Police Media Spokesperson said that a person who was allegedly transporting voters to a certain polling station contravening the LG Election Law, was arrested together with vehicle used for the unlawful act.

Later he was released on police bail although the apprehended vehicle was retained in police custody.

Gunasekara further said that the legal action will be taken against the suspect under the election law.

In the meantime, Acting Executive Director of CAFÉ Ahamed Manas Makeen in a press release affirmed that the yesterday’s Elpitiya PS election was peaceful and fair.

He also stated that people displayed an increased interest in casting their votes.

However, he stated that at certain places in the Sabha area some violations of election law could be observed.

 

 


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