Investigations underway over Kantale fake ballot papers

Investigations underway over Kantale fake ballot papers

Investigations underway over Kantale fake ballot papers

Written by Staff Writer

07 Aug, 2015 | 12:24 pm

A special police investigation is underway over the discovery of a stock of fake ballot papers from a business premises in Kantale.

Police Media Spokesperson ASP Ruwan Gunasekera noted that around 15000 fake ballot papers were discovered. Police said that a cross had been marked on these fake ballot papers in front of the preferential number of a candidate. Police have made one arrest.

When News 1st contacted the Elections Secretariat, Additional Elections Commissioner M.M. Mohammed said that information has come to light that a certain candidate had prepared these fake ballot papers.

Police Media Spokesperson ASP Ruwan Gunasekera noted that statements will be obtained from the candidate whose name was marked on the fake ballot papers.

Meanwhile the police have seized a stock of official polling cards from a business premises in the Haputalewala area in Uva Paranagama. A special investigation is also underway over the discovery of 36 lists of candidates names.

The Elections Secretariat says that those who could not cast their postal votes on August 3, 5 and 6 can do so tomorrow. Additional Elections Commissioner M.M.  Mohamed said that they need to visit the District Returning Officer’s Office in order to do so.

The Postal Department says the transportation of the secure packets containing the marked postal ballot papers has begun.

Postmaster Rohana Abeyrathne said that steps are currently being taken to hand over these secure packets to the offices of the respective returning officers on Friday.

Executive Director of CAFFE, speaking to the media on Thursday said that the law is being implemented on acts of violence related to the election.

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