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* Postal voting for Uva Provincial Council in Sri Lanka begins today
Thu, Sep 4, 2014, 08:38 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 04, Colombo: The postal voting for the Uva Provincial Council in Sri Lanka will take place today and tomorrow.

The postal voting will take place at named government offices from 8:30 a.m. on each day and the government officials who fail to vote today can vote tomorrow as well.

The Commissioner of Elections Mahinda Deshapriya has enlightened the relevant authorities about the procedure to be adopted in exercising the postal voting.

Government employees of the respective institutions are not allowed to observe the postal ballot paper marking procedure as agents of a political party or independent group.

The places for marking of postal ballot papers should be dimilar to an ordinary polling station and the voters should be given the opportunity to cast the ballot in secret and without any undue influence.

Other than the officials on election duty, authorized representatives of political parties or independent groups and approved representatives of observation groups, no one else should be allowed to be present at the polling areas.

Candidates and other politicians cannot participate as observers of the marking of postal ballot papers unless they are duly appointed as agents.

It is also prohibited to make political propaganda or canvassing in the polling areas or in an area within 500 meters of the polling area and police are instructed to take necessary actions to prevent such activities.

According to the Election Secretariat, 30,657 persons have become eligible for postal voting for the Uva provincial council in the both Badulla and Moneragala districts. The Election Department has deployed 12,500 officers to monitor the postal voting.

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