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Voting on Nov. 16:

Recent overseas returnees should also show passport

The Election Commission said that electors who returned from abroad need to bring the passport in addition to the National Identity Card when they come to cast their vote.

The Commission in a press release stated that this measure was to establish the electors’ identity with a view to preventing vote rigging. “The polling cards of electors

who have gone abroad have been posted to the addresses of their normal residence mentioned in the Electoral Register 2018. The Commission has received complaints regarding bogus identity cards that are being made to rig the votes of those electors

who have gone abroad and have not yet returned to the island. If any elector, who returned from abroad, fails to produce the passport even though he/she produces any other valid identity document will have to make a declaration on the specimen as required by the Presidential Elections Act.

A ballot will not be issued to the elector who declines to make such a declaration. Also, it is hereby notified that action will be taken to handover any such elector whose identity is suspicious to the police treating him as attempting to commit vote rigging,” the Election Commission said.

“In the Electoral Registers placed at the polling stations, the names of those electors who have gone abroad have been marked on the particulars obtained from Grama Niladhari. Such action has been taken in order help the polling staff to verify the identity of any such elector who comes to the polling station and demands a ballot,” he added.


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