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* Sri Lanka's Elections Department removes 200,000 dually registered names from the voter list
Mon, Jun 18, 2012, 09:41 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jun 18, Colombo: The Elections Department of Sri Lanka says that 200,000 names have been removed from the voter list due to double registration.

Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya has said that even senior politicians and government officials are among the persons who have dually registered their names.

He has said that a majority of the 200,000 names that have been struck off the voters list for dual registration have duplicated their registration without the knowledge of the householder.

Deshapriya has explained that most of these cases were of residents who had house and property in two districts and they have filled electoral forms from both districts.

However, he has added that there were some deliberate cases of dual registration and these involved property claims and gaining school admission for children.

According to the Election Commissioner, there is still a backlog to be cleared.

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