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* Island wide results Sri Lanka general election delayed until completion of re-poll in several centers
Fri, Apr 9, 2010, 11:25 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka Elections Department will not officially release the island wide results of the 2010 general election until the final results of the Nawalapitiya electorate in the Kandy district is released after the re-poll in several polling divisions in Nawalapitiya.

The Elections Commissioner earlier decided to annul the votes at several centers in Nawalapitiya following complaints of elections malpractices. The Department is to gazette the re-polling at the disputed centers.

Meanwhile, results from one of the centers in Kumburupitiya, in Trincomalee District has also been annulled by the Elections Department since a group had forced their way into the center and stolen most of the ballot papers.

Election officials said a decision would now be taken if a re-poll will be conducted in the respective center.

Apart from those incidences, the overall election was free and fair and peaceful, the election officials told media.

However, the election monitors disagreeing with the officials said they will be discussing the malpractices took place with the Election Commissioner.

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