CaFFE says 40,000 voters in the Badulla do not have identity cards

CaFFE says 40,000 voters in the Badulla do not have identity cards

CaFFE says 40,000 voters in the Badulla do not have identity cards

Written by Staff Writer

15 Aug, 2014 | 11:07 am

The Campaign for Free and Fair elections or CaFFE states that a large number of individuals who are eligible to vote at the Uva Provincial Council Elections do not possess National Identity Cards.

Executive director of CaFFE Keerthi Tennakoon states that accordingly more than 40,000 voters in the Badulla District do not have identity cards.

He said: “According to the list of individuals who are eligible to vote in the Uva Provincial Council Elections, 40,350 persons in the Badulla district alone do not have identity cards. National identity cards or a special identification card by the Elections Department or any other legal document for identification should be issued prior to the elections, to secure the right of these individuals to exercise their franchise. This is an issue we have seen for many years. Individuals in rural areas do not have proper, accepted identification documents. they miss the chance of voting at election due to this reason…”

The Department of Registration of Persons in the meantime states that a special mechanism is in place for the registration of persons without identity cards in the Uva Province.

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