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* Several incidents of election violence recorded in Sri Lanka's general election
Thu, Apr 8, 2010, 01:01 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka's election observers have recorded several incidents of election violence today, including a shooting incident in the Galle District.

People's Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) Executive Director Rohana Hettiarachchi has said that the shooting incident was a result of intra-party violence.

A complaint has also been lodged against a ruling party UPFA candidate for holding an illegal rally opposite a polling booth in Badulla on the day of the election.

According to PAFFREL, several incidents where polling agents from the UNP had been chased away from the booths were reported from the Anamaduwa Walapanawa Vidyalaya and Madawakkulama in Galle.

A polling agent of the Democratic National Allaince (DNA) was also chased away by a UPFA supporter on his way to take over duties at a polling booth in Dompe.

Meanwhile, Advisor to the Elections Commissioner Bandula Kulathunga has said that illegal propaganda text messages have been circulated via mobile phones from candidates today in violation of election laws.

The accredited poll monitoring group, Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) has recorded 413 incidents so far for the day. Among them 231 incidents were major of nature and 55 incidents involved a fire arm. There were 78 intra-party incidents within the ruling party.


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