The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) said today that the concluded Local Government elections, was not free and fair. Speaking to the Daily Mirror online Executive Director of CaFFE Keerthi Tennakoon said that there was heavy violation of election laws in the run up to the elections.
“There was heavy misuse of state property and the law enforcement authorities did not act as was expected. There was also illegal propaganda and campaigning which marred the polls," he said. He went on to note that despite the Department of Elections taking all necessary measures to curb illegal activity during the run up to the elections many politicians flouted the law.
However, he went on to note that overall there was a peaceful atmosphere prevalent during election day, October 8. "Except for the very unfortunate incident that occurred in Mulleriyawa the other parts of the country where the election was held saw a very peaceful atmosphere in the overall context. There were 86 violations of election laws and five reported cases of intimidation and assault but we saw a very peaceful environment in which the voter was not afraid to go to the booth," he said.
Commenting on the shooting that took place in Mulleriyawa today, Tennakoon said this was the boiling point for which there was a build-up. "During the run up to the elections there were many cases of assault and intimidation in the area, these went unreported, due to the prevalent violence. During the run up to the elections there were extra monitors put on duty to areas. Even the Elections Department was aware of this situation and today’s extraordinary incident summed up the election in the area which was marred by violence throughout," he said. (HF)
SHAN Saturday, 8 October 2011 16:23
THIS IS MY ISLAND
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Nish123 Saturday, 8 October 2011 17:44
It should not free and fair , otherwise how can CaFFE earn its supper.
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ex-UNP Sunday, 9 October 2011 00:17
LOL.. This is 1000 times more fairer than the elections held under UNP regime.
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CW Sunday, 9 October 2011 02:13
Agree with Nish. Can Tennnakoon name any election after 1977 that falls into his "free and fair" category. I always denounce violence, however these people like Tennakoon do not get their lions share from anti SL NGOs if they do not condemn the way the election was conducted. Can anyone please name who funds CaFFE?
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