Sept 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Department of Elections is continuing with the probe on ballot papers found at a polling booth in a school of Puttalam this week, an official said today.
The Election Department said it has appointed a 5-mmber committee to investigate the discovery of the marked ballot papers and the committee has commenced the investigation.
Several statements have been recorded from the officers who were on duty on elections day, the Department said.
The Criminal Investigations Department which has taken over the investigation from the Police has already questioned 10 people.
Janitors of St Andrew's College in Puttalam have found over 1,000 counted ballot papers when they were cleaning the school after it was used as a counting center on September 21. The school was one of the four counting centers in the Puttalam district of the North western Province.
The discovery has raised concerns over the election results in the hotly contested district.
The Secretary to the Public Administration and Home Affairs Ministry has appointed a separate committee to probe the finding and an official from the Election Department would be included in the committee, the Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said at a press briefing yesterday.
He said the ballot papers had been marked as counted and they had apparently been left there by mistake without being taken to the Divisional Secretariat.
However, the Elections Chief said the Department will conduct a fresh election for the district only if the court gives an order to that effect.
The committees appointed to probe the incident will submit their finding to the Ministry of Public Administration, for a through disciplinary inquiry.
The Department expects to conclude the investigation this next week with the assistance of the police.