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* Sri Lanka Elections Commissioner stops counting of votes from several polling booths in Nawalapitiya
Fri, Apr 9, 2010, 07:50 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dishanayake has called on the Kandy District Secretary to stop counting of votes cast in 12 polling centers in the Nawalapitiya area of the Kandy District.

The Election Commissioner had made the announcement last night after considering the many complaints of election malpractices received from the area.

It was alleged that a group of UPFA supporters urged by a governing party minister had broken into a polling centre, chased away polling agents of opposition parties, and stuffed ballot boxes.

According to election observers, officials at the counting center have said that there were a large number of ballot papers without an official seal.

Several opposition political parties and election monitors had lodged several complaints to the Elections Commissioner regarding the alleged irregularities that had taken place in the Nawalapitiya polling booths.

Sri Lanka police acting on the complaints arrested 15 persons in connection with election related incidents in the area.

However, the Commissioner is yet to announce if the votes in the respective booths would be annulled and if there would be a re-poll in those booths.

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