Oct 08, Colombo: An election monitoring group in Sri Lanka, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) says it will deploy 7500 observers to monitor the upcoming presidential election.
CaFFE says the large number of observers will be deployed to monitor the anticipated situations as a record number of candidates are contesting the presidential election.
CaFFE's acting executive director Ahmed Manas said there have been reports of violence and violations of election laws at every election after the nominations were handed over.
He said that therefore, the candidates and the party leaders should take action to properly direct their supporters in this election.
Noting that the current President, Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition are not contesting the Presidential Election, Manas Makin further said that incidents, such as misuse of state property, can be expected more this time.
The Acting Executive Director further emphasized that while keeping a close watch on other election rules violations, CaFFE would pay special attention to violations such as bribing voters.
CaFFE is expected to deploy about 7500 observers in all districts of the country to monitor the presidential election.
Meanwhile, Director of People's Action for Free and Fair Election (PAFFREL) Rohana Hettiarachchi said 35 representatives from the Asian Election Monitoring Network are due to arrive in Sri Lanka to observe the Presidential Election.