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* Sri Lanka to deploy 15,000 policemen for polls
Saturday, January 3, 2009, 8:08 GMT, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 03, Colombo: Sri Lankan government will deploy 15,000 police personnel to maintain law and order during the upcoming provincial elections.

The polls for the Central and North Western Provincial Council are scheduled to be held on February 14. The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The government announced that a minimum of four police personnel will be deployed at each polling station and service personnel will be stationed at sensitive places as deemed necessary.

Another 3,000 locally selected election monitors will also be deployed to help ensure a free and fair election, the government said. The voters are required to produce the national identity card or an equivalent acceptable to the officials at the polling station.

Voters will select 56 out of 65 candidates in the Central Province which includes Kandy, Matale and Nuwara Eliya districts. There will be 1,370 polling centers for 1,746,449 registered voters in the province.

North Western Province consisting of Kurunegala and Puttalam districts will have 1,209 polling centers for 1,661,733 registered voters to elect 50 officials from list of 56 candidates.

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