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* Poll monitor writes to Election Commissioner regarding impact of current floods on voting
Sun, Dec 28, 2014, 09:20 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 28, Colombo: A poll watchdog in Sri Lanka has written to the Election Commissioner regarding the impact of current floods on the people casting their ballots on the Election Day.

The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) has written to the Election Commissioner regarding the current floods and the impact it will have on the exercise of the franchise, especially in the North Central and Eastern provinces.

The prevailing rainy weather has left much of Sri Lanka's nine provinces submerged under water and over a million people affected by the floods and landslides.

The CMEV, pointing out that approximately 400,000 or more persons have been displaced on account of the floods, has asked the Election Commissioner what special arrangements are being contemplated with regards to the exercise of their franchise.

The NGO raises concerns that the people are being displaced from areas in which their polling stations are located, and over the possibility of loss of their polling cards and other identification documents.

"Please do seriously consider special arrangements for the exercise of the franchise by these recently displaced persons as a matter of priority," the CMEV urged.

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