Written by Bella Dalima
19 Sep, 2014 | 8:15 pm
Tomorrow, Saturday September 20 is the day for the people of the Uva Province as they head to the polls to elect the new provincial council.
From today, political parties and independent groups contesting the election will only be able to have one campaign office in operation. While the police have been informed of the regulation, election officials have been deployed to the province for monitoring purposes.
Ten accepted political parties and four independent groups are contesting the Uva Provincial Council poll from the Badulla District. Twelve (12) accepted political parties and seven independent groups are contesting from the Moneragala District.
A total of 32 councillors will be elected from the nine polling divisions in the Badulla District and the three polling divisions in the Moneragala district.
Eighteen councillors will be elected from the Badulla District while fourteen will be elected from the Moneragala district. 942,730 people are registered to vote in the Uva Provincial Council Poll.
Six hundred and nine thousand nine hundred and sixty six (609,966) people are registered to vote in the Badulla district while the Moneragala district has 332, 764 registered voters.
Polling will take place at 318 polling stations in the Moneragala district on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Elections Commissioner says that all preparations have been made for Saturday’s poll. Polling will take place at 832 polling station from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya reiterated that voters will be requested to produce accepted identification at the polling station.
The Elections Complaint Unit established at the Elections Secretariat will remain in operation until 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The Elections Secretariat notes that complaints from the Badulla District can be made on the hotline 0112 877 620 while complaints from the Moneragala District will be received on the hotline 0112 877 622.
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