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* Sri Lanka political parties gearing up for April 20 re-poll
Thu, Apr 15, 2010, 10:57 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 15, Colombo: The main political parties in Sri Lanka have recommenced their election campaigns in Nawalapitiya in the Kandy District where a re-poll is due to be held on April 20.

The Elections Commissioner called for a re-poll in 34 polling divisions in Nawalapitiya on April 20 following the cancellation of the results from the April 8 poll due to election related malpractices.

The governing party campaign is reportedly being carried out mainly by former ministers Keheliya Rambukwella and Mahindananda Aluthgamage who are vying for the top slot in the preferential votes list in the Kandy District.

The leader of Democratic People's Front (DPF) Mano Ganeshan and the leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Rauf Hakeem are contesting for the Kandy District under the main opposition United National Party.

Meanwhile, the security has been strengthened in the polling divisions to prevent any election violence. The police said 400 Special Task Force (STF) police have been deployed to the Nawalapitiya electorate.

The re-poll on April 20 is expected to see over 55,000 voters re-exercising their franchise.

An Election Department official said the poll cards for the re-poll to be held in the Kandy and Trincomalee districts will be handed over to the Postal Department today for delivery.

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