Sept 19, Colombo: An un-accredited election monitoring group in Sri Lanka has demanded to allow them to monitor vote counting at the upcoming provincial council elections.
The election monitoring NGO, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE), has demanded from the Election Commissioner to grant an opportunity to observe the process of counting the ballots at the Provincial Council election scheduled to be held on September 21.
CaFFE writes in its letter that it is important to guarantee the trust of the people regarding the counting since the candidates have expressed controversial views.
Ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) candidate Dayasiri Jayasekara said in an election rally, there might be some computer gimmick at the counting.
President Mahinda Rajapakse addressing a rally in Kurunegala said such tactics are not needed as so many people gather round the UPFA.
CaFFE has already started the training of the observers in counting hoping the Election Commissioner may grant them the permission to observe counting, a CaFFE spokesman said.
Only People's Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) and Center for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) are accredited by the Election Commissioner to monitor the elections.