SLFP raises concerns on counting of votes

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The SLFP raised concerns today on the proposed counting of votes of the August 5 general election on the following day, citing the possibility of tampering of votes.

Senior advisor of the party Prof. Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa said, not only the SLFP but almost all other political parties in the fray had decided to speak to the Elections Commission (EC) on this issue.

Addressing the media at the party head office today, Prof. Piyadasa said Sri Lanka had a bad reputation on election malpractices and the election history was replete with tales of intimidation of voters, stuffing of ballot boxes and impersonations etc.

“What we are afraid of is that if any one wants to, he can sabotage and change the pattern of the results. We have experience of blackouts, hijacking of ballot boxes and bundles of votes going missing during the counting at night. We need an extremely foolproof method of counting votes and the calculation of the results,” Prof. Piyadasa stressed.

The EC has decided to begin counting of votes at 8.00 a.m. on the 6th as voting will be concluded at 5.00 p.m. on the 5th and because of many other practical and logistical issues. (Sandun A Jayasekera)

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  • Bhatiya Siriwardena Friday, 31 July 2020 08:18 AM

    Only now you realised? You are also part of pohottuwa no? MR faction will not allow you to win any seat. When you realised too late.

    Samson Friday, 31 July 2020 08:25 AM

    Malpractices are well known. It has happened at many elections so we have to live with it.

    Three Friday, 31 July 2020 08:27 AM

    Do not bother SLPP know how to count one as two!!!

    K.L Pathirana Friday, 31 July 2020 08:37 AM

    Rigging elections are not a concern, but its a fact. Our present EC chairman MD has a masters degree on the subject and highest level of practical experience in it !!

    Firoza Hossen Friday, 31 July 2020 08:40 AM

    Yes it is good to be at the counting centres hope everything should be fine.

    Sokrates Friday, 31 July 2020 09:20 AM

    Moving the vote count to the next day is clearly an action by the ruling mafia clan to falsify the election result.

    FF Friday, 31 July 2020 09:27 AM

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE WAS THE COUNTING POSTPONED TO THE NEXT DAY. IS THAT DONE WITH THE INTENTION OF SWITCHING BALLOT BOXES MAINLY BY THE RIG MASTER WW

    Atha Katha Kalubanda Friday, 31 July 2020 12:18 PM

    Election Commissioner Mahinda Desapriya is already purchased by SLPP for billions, now its too late he has to dance according to their music.

    SriLankan Voter Friday, 31 July 2020 12:19 PM

    You all are playing a drama, we SriLankan voters are not fools mind it man.

    H.M. Appuhamy Friday, 31 July 2020 12:21 PM

    For this statement you and your party with Sirisena will be thrown out by Mahinda at anytime. Mind it.

    Morris Friday, 31 July 2020 12:23 PM

    Knowing what is going to happen as you imagined, act quickly and meet the EC and stop this plan to count the votes on the 6th August. 2020

    L. Ratnayake Friday, 31 July 2020 12:25 PM

    True... you say is correct. Vote tempering will take place if the counting is done on the 6th. I too got to know on a sly this news by a strong hold of SLPP.


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