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* Postal voting for Sri Lanka general election concludes without major incidents
Sat, Mar 27, 2010, 11:50 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 27, Colombo: The two-day postal voting for Sri Lanka's upcoming general election ended yesterday with about 80 percent turnout, the election officials reported.

According to the Elections Secretariat, 415,432 voters were eligible to cast postal votes and the voting took place at 934 centers island wide.

Those postal voters who missed the opportunity to vote today will be able to cast their votes until April 8th.

The Elections Office said that postal voting was peaceful and no violations have been reported.

However, the Center for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) said it was deeply concerned by reports alleging attempts to disenfranchise postal voters by officials in their capacity as certifying officers in particular.

CMEV said it deployed 185 Mobile Monitors and 150 Stationary Monitors to monitor the postal voting on both Thursday and Friday. It has recorded 25 postal voting related incidents on Thursday (25).

The watchdog said as of March 24th it has recorded a cumulative total of 192 incidents including 121 major incidents.

The major incidents included insertion of non-government employees' names in the postal voter list, vehicles displaying propaganda material near the polling centers, and several incidents of rejecting postal ballots due to late submission.

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