Second phase of postal voting commences – Investigations over obstruction of duties in Kattankudy

Second phase of postal voting commences – Investigations over obstruction of duties in Kattankudy

Second phase of postal voting commences – Investigations over obstruction of duties in Kattankudy

Written by Staff Writer

05 Aug, 2015 | 1:35 pm

The second phase of casting postal votes for the general election commenced on Wednesday. Accordingly, personnel serving the tri-forces and government servants will cast their postal votes on Wednesday and Thursday.

Officials at the Department of Education including teachers and police officers cast their postal votes on August 3. Additional Elections commissioner M.M. Mohammed said that other than candidates who have been appointed as representatives at the counting centres, no other candidate will be allowed to enter the location.

Meanwhile, those who cannot cast their postal votes on Wednesday and Thursday can do so at the District Returning Office on August  8.

Meanwhile, police have commenced an investigation to arrest a group of political party supporters who had obstructed police officers and election officials from exercising their duties in Kattankudy

Police Media Spokesperson ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said that the suspects in connection to the incident have been identified.

The Elections Commissioner had  requested the Inspector General of Police to commence an investigation into the incident. The allegations have been levelled at a group of supporters of a UPFA candidate.

When inquiries were made from Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya in this regard he said that a request had been made to station police STF personnel in the Kattankudy area in order to tighten security. A special representative too had been dispatched from Colombo to look into the incident.

The elections commissioner stated that the Department of Elections will not be forced to take a step back in the face the threats made by any politician. He said that election officials will act without any malice and all necessary and possible steps will be taken to ensure a free and fair election.

The number of people that have been arrested in relation to violation of election laws has risen to 438. Police states that they have successfuly carried out 143 raids since the day the election was declared up to now, and arrests have been made with regard to alleged violation of  election laws.

The number of individuals arrested from such raids amount to 345. Moreover, the police has received 179 complaints regarding the violation of election laws, and said that they have arrested 93 individuals in relation to this matter.

Furthermore the Elections Secretariat has recived a total of 892 complaints up to now with regard of election law violations. The Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission has received eight complaints in relation to the general elections.

Legal Secretary, Nimal Punchihewa said that they have commenced special investigations into all complaints.

He said that the Elections Commissioner had discussed certain complaints with the Human Rights Commission and had arrived at a solution.

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