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* No foreign monitors for Sri Lanka's Western and Southern Provincial Council elections
Wed, Jan 29, 2014, 09:40 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya announced today that no foreign observers would be summoned to monitor the upcoming provincial council elections.

Speaking at a press conference held today (January 29) in Colombo, the Election Commissioner stated that the elections for the Western and Southern Provincial Councils would be held on a Saturday.

According to the Election Commissioner, close to six million people will be eligible to vote at the upcoming polls.

He also said that Rs.1.2 billion would be spent for the elections, mostly for electricity costs.

Colombo district would have around 1,400 voting centers while 1,315 centers in Gampaha district, 615 in Kalutara, 704 in Galle, 405 in Hambantota, and 440 in Matara.

Around 55,000 officials are to be deployed for the election duties to have between 7 to 17 officials per voting center.

The Election Commissioner said that transparent ballot boxes would be used this time like in the last election.

He advised voters to present either their identity cards or birth certificates at the polling stations and not to cast their votes using false names.

He also said that no candidate's nomination will be rejected unless there was an inadequacy in their applications.

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