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* Increase in election law violations in Sri Lanka as polls draw closer
Sat, Mar 22, 2014, 09:56 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 22, Colombo: The Election Department in Sri Lanka has noted an increase in the number of reported election law violations as Western and Southern Provincial Council polls draw closer.

Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya addressing a media briefing said there is an increase in the number of complaints received by the Elections Department.

However, he added that all of the complaints did not have proper evidence as some candidates had resorted to complaining even if one of their rivals looked at them in a menacing manner.

The Elections Department has received 867 complaints from the two provinces after setting up of a complaints center.

According to the statistics published in the local media, the center has received 265 complaints from the Colombo District while 105 and 117 have been received from the Gampaha and Kalutara Districts respectively.

There are 25 complaints common to all three districts in the Western Province.

The least number of complaints standing at 89 have been received by the Department from the Hambantota District.

The Elections Commissioner also requested both public and private sector employers to grant leave with pay (not less than four hours in duration) to employees who are entitled to vote to enable them to cast their votes.

He said 45,000 - 50,000 public servants and officers have been deployed for duties in polling stations while another 25,000-27,000 have been deployed to count votes and process results.

The polls for Western and Southern Provincial Councils will be held on March 29.

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