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* Election law violations in Nawalapitiya and Gampola electorates in Sri Lanka
Thu, Apr 8, 2010, 08:02 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 08, Colombo: Vijitha Herath, the General Secretary of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) that contested the general election of Sri Lanka under 'trophy' symbol, complained to the Election Commissioner regarding serious violations of election laws at polling centers in Nawalapitiya and Gampola electorates in Kandy district.

Writing a letter to the Election Commissioner, Herath stated that they have evidence regarding polls rigging, ballot box stuffing, illegal propaganda in the vicinity of polling centers, blocking opposition supporters voting, and chasing away the polling agents of opposition parties from these areas.

The General Secretary of the DNA provided a list of 12 polling centers where invasion and stuffing ballot boxes took place in Nawalapitiya electorate alone.

In addition, opposition polling agents have been chased away in 18 polling centers and the DNA provided the list of such polling centers.

DNA requested the Election Commissioner to investigate the situation and declare polling null and void in these centers.

Meanwhile an organization called 'Network for Election Monitoring of Intellectuals for Human Rights' has complained to the Commissioner regarding several incidents of stuffing ballot boxes in Nawalapitiya electorate.

They complained that a government minister was directly involved in the stuffing of ballot boxes. The organization requested the Commissioner to declare the votes null and void in the disputed centers.


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