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Election Campaign for Sri Lanka re-poll to wind-up by tomorrow midnight
Fri, Apr 16, 2010, 07:59 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Apr 16, Colombo: Campaigning for the Nawalapitiya and Kumburupiddi re-poll on April 20 has to be concluded by midnight tomorrow, 48 hours before the election day, the Election Secretariat informed.
All propaganda work should be ended by Saturday midnight and the Police have made arrangements to remove all posters, banners, and cutouts after the deadline.
However, a party can operate one office with one officer per polling division till the day before the election. No office can be operated on the day of the election.
The distribution of official poll cards for the re-poll at 37 centers in Nawalapitiya polling division of the Kandy district and one poling centre in the Trincomalee district is currently underway. It will continue until Monday, the 19th.
There are 50,948 eligible voters in Nawalapitiya Polling division and 977 to vote at the Kumburuppidi polling booth in Trincomalee.
The Elections Secretariat plans to deploy 500 officials from Colombo to the polling centers for election duty. The counting of votes for the Kumburuppidi polling centre will be conducted at the polling booth itself while the ballots from Nawalapitiya will be counted at Kandy District Secretariat.
Police spokesman SP Prishantha Jayakody said the security at the polling areas has been tightened with the deployment of additional policemen, Army and STF personnel.
The results from these polling centers at the April 8 general election were annulled due to the violations of elections laws at the centers and a re-poll was called by the Election Commissioner Dayananda Dishanyake.
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