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* More displaced persons to vote at Sri Lanka general election
Sat, Mar 6, 2010, 10:04 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 06, Colombo: The number of displaced persons applied for Sri Lanka's upcoming parliamentary elections has increased, the Election Secretariat said.

The Election Secretariat said that 50,000 people have sent in applications that have been certified by the Grama Seva Officers and the processing is currently underway. Displaced persons who made applications without the certificate would be rejected.

Election officials said compared to the past president elections, 5,000 more displaced persons from the Northern region have applied for voting at polling booths other than their respective booths.

Applications had come from those who now live in camps in Puttalam, Anuradhapura, Kurunegala, Gampaha, Kalutara, Mannar, Vavuniya, and other places away from their regions.

Meanwhile, Commissioner General for Registration of Persons A.G. Dharmadasa said that temporary identity cards will not be issued for the forthcoming General Election.

The issued temporary identity cards issued for the persons who did not posses IDs including the National Identity Cards during the Presidential Election are valid for the General Election as well, the Commissioner General said.

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