International monitors begin to arrive ahead of upcoming poll

International monitors begin to arrive ahead of upcoming poll

International monitors begin to arrive ahead of upcoming poll

Written by Staff Writer

15 Dec, 2014 | 5:48 pm

The Elections Secretariat has invited sixty international monitors to monitor the upcoming presidential election scheduled for   January 8.

Additional Elections Commissioner, U.Amaradasa said that three international monitoring bodies will be engaged in the upcoming presidential poll.

He said that one representative arrived in the country on Sunday  and that two are set to arrive on Monday.

Meanwhile, Paffrel has said that 35 international election monitors are to arrive in the country December 27.

Executive Director of Paffrel, Rohana Hettiarachchi, said the envoys will engage in election monitoring activities for a period of two weeks.

Election observers say that the number of pre-election violence complaints being reported ahead of the presidential polls has increased.

Executive Director of Paffrel, Rohana Hettiarachchi said that 178 complaints have been lodged in connection with the Presidential poll.

Meanwhile executive Director of CaFFe Keerthi Tennakoon said that they have received 139 complaints ahead of the Presidential poll.

Organiser of the National Election Observation Center, Rasanga Harsichandra stated that they have received 29 complaints.

The Elections secretariat has received 115 complaints of election laws being flouted.

The Complaints Unit of the Secretariat said that 20 of the complaints are in relation to serious violations with the highest number of complaints being reported from the Colombo District, standing at 16.

The elections secretariat said that 10 complaints were reported from Kandy and 8 from Anuradhapura.

The complaints unit said that 55 complaints were lodged in connection to the misuse of state property, and the transfer and promotion of state employees.

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