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By Jamila Najmuddin


Election monitors claim that some private establishments in Colombo have failed to authorize leave for their employees in order to cast their vote at the General Elections today and a complaint to this effect is going to be lodged at the Elections Department.

PAFFREL Executive Director, Rohana Hettiarachchi told Daily Mirror online that they had received some complaints from individuals claiming that their establishments had not authorized leave and investigations were underway to identify these companies.

“We are trying to identify these companies and where it is located. Once we have the information we will lodge a complaint with the Elections Department. All employees must be given leave today to cast their votes,” Hettiarachchi said.

He added that companies in Colombo should have authorized leave for its employees from early this week as those whose voting is outstation could have made arrangements to travel to their respective home towns prior to polling day today.

He further said that it was not possible for employees to travel today as public transport was poor. (Daily Mirror online)

 

 


 

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  • Thursday, 08 April 2010 06:05 AM

    This is not the first time it happened... It happened when the Presidential election took place and now it even worse. Most companies would say that you can take leave for 2 - 4 hrs of today (on the date of voting) but they will never make it in such short time. Also these companies announce this news on the day of the voting so that no one can figure out how to get it.

    Thursday, 08 April 2010 06:56 AM

    Company owners must be pro Govt. supporters and the Employees pro Opposition supporters!!??

    Thursday, 08 April 2010 07:14 AM

    The reality of CAPITALISM !!!

    Thursday, 08 April 2010 07:19 AM

    This is violation of a basic human right! everyone has a right to vote.. Not that its going to change much though..

    Thursday, 08 April 2010 08:25 AM

    There is a very simple solution. Have the election on a holiday or weekend!

    Thursday, 08 April 2010 08:44 AM

    This is true.Many private companies have refused leave for their employees.Many are deprived of their franchise.Government must take stern actions against those private companies.

    Thursday, 08 April 2010 03:43 AM

    Hell no... The law do not say to give leave early this week. It authorizes only half day for those living in the 20KM radius, 1 day for 40 KM radius, 1.5 days for 70KM radius and 2 days for more than 70 KM radius. How can Rohana H expect us to give more than that?

    Thursday, 08 April 2010 03:57 AM

    Another gimick. After all for some private sector is their salvation to promote corruption bribery. Some discarded politicians identify private sector as engine of growth

    Thursday, 08 April 2010 04:04 AM

    Those private companies that does not grant voting leaves must be sued in courts. This is new Independent Sri lanka !!!

    Thursday, 08 April 2010 04:16 AM

    Do these private companies wish to sabotage our democracy in this country?

    Thursday, 08 April 2010 04:26 AM

    Those companies that does not grant voting leaves must be sued in courts.

    This is fundamental right !!!

    Thursday, 08 April 2010 04:36 AM

    MR.ELECTION COMMISSIONER- CANT U MAKE VOTING ONLINE??THEN NO NEED TO APPLY LEAVE & RETURN SAVE TIME & MONEY/PRODUCTIVITY

    Thursday, 08 April 2010 04:39 AM

    Simple Fact !
    Business tycoocns are ware certain defeat of UNP, thus they want to reduce the No. of Votes against UNP.

    Thursday, 08 April 2010 04:44 AM

    TROPHY VOTES ?

    Thursday, 08 April 2010 05:16 AM

    No need to work. Just cast your vote and expect your plate to be filled! What a waste of public funds and productive time?

    Thursday, 08 April 2010 05:44 AM

    Voting ...? Waste of time !


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