General Election 2015: Postal voting commences

General Election 2015: Postal voting commences

General Election 2015: Postal voting commences

Written by Staff Writer

03 Aug, 2015 | 1:38 pm

According to the Additional Elections Commissioner M.M. Mohammed, officials from the Department of Education, teachers and police officers are scheduled to mark their postal votes on Monday August 3 as the postal voting for the 2015 general election commences.

The Elections Secretariat stated that in addition to Monday, postal voting will be held on August 5, 6 and 8 .

Additional Elections Commissioner M.M. Mohammed noted that election campaigning in close proximity to postal voting centres is prohibited.

Meanwhile, Police Media Spokesperson ASP Ruwan Gunasekara says that mobile and motorcycle units have been deployed to ensure security in areas where postal voting is taking place.

Furthermore, election monitors say that more than 1500 election monitors have been deployed to monitor the postal voting process. Executive Director of People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) Rohana Hettiarachchi stated that 1000 election monitors have been deployed for the purpose.

National Organiser of the National Election Monitoring Centre Rasanga Harischandra said that they have deployed 450 election monitors while Executive Director of the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections or CaFFE Keerthi Tennakoon said that they have more than 80 election monitors engaged in election duty on Monday.

Meanwhile, the Police Headquarters says that 350 suspects have been taken in to custody on charges of election law violations. According to the Police Media Spokesperson’s Office, 268 complaints have been received on the violation of election laws.

The Elections Secretariat also stated that they have received 892 election-related complaints.  Meanwhile, the Government Printer says that they have concluded printing the official ballot papers that will be used in the upcoming general elections.

Steps have been taken to hand over ballot papers of all 19 districts to the relevant district secretariats via the Election Secretariat.

The Government Printer added that the ballot papers will be handed over to all district Secretariats by August 5.

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