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* Foreign election monitors to arrive in Sri Lanka today
Thu, Apr 1, 2010, 08:46 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 01, Colombo: A team of foreign election monitors is due to arrive in Colombo today (01) to observe the next week's parliamentary election, a local group said.

According to People's Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) sixteen observers from Japan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia, Afghanistan and Thailand representing Asian Network for Free Election will be arriving in the country on a request made by the election watchdog.

The team divided into eight groups will be deployed, particularly, in the North and East from tomorrow until April 10 to cover pre and post election periods, PAFFREL executive director Rohana Hettiarachchi told the media.

Another five foreign observers invited by the Center for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) will be arriving in the country on Friday for pre-election monitoring.

Both monitoring organizations have deployed a combined total of 14,670 local monitors to ensure a free and fair parliamentary election on April 8.

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