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* Elections monitor in Sri Lanka records 169 incidents of election law violations and violence
Sun, Feb 16, 2014, 12:25 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 15, Colombo: An elections monitor in Sri Lanka, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) says it has recorded 169 incidents of election law violations and violence from the Western and Southern Provinces as of today.

According to CaFFE, the highest number of election law violations has been reported from the Western Province while the highest number of violent incidents has been recorded from the Southern Province.

The CaFFE in a statement said that it has received 165 complaints on the abuse of public property and workers, illegal appointments and transfer of state employees, propaganda related issues and several other election law violations.

The monitor has received four incidents of election related violence, intimidation and damage to properties.

Out of the four election related incidents of violence, three have been recorded from the Southern Province while 121 election law violations have been recorded from the Western Province.

However, the Elections Secretariat police unit has recorded only 9 election-related complaints so far.

According to the Head of the Police Elections Secretariat DIG Gamini Navaratne, Beliatta, Grandpass, Galle, Middeniya, Gampaha, Kalutara South and Mirihana police stations had received nine complaints.

According to the police, more violent incidents had been reported from the Western Province than from the Southern Province. Most of the incidents in the Southern Province have been reported from the Hambantota District, while the Colombo District tops the Western Province in the number of complaints.

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