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The widespread election law violations reported from Moneragala has escalated to 120 and is a cause for concern, particularly considering its comparatively low population, an election monitoring group said today.

Peoples Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) Executive Director Rohana Hettiarachchi told Daily Mirror said had so far received 203 complaints of election law violations and election-related violence since July 30 and added that 158 of them had been confirmed.

He said they were alarmed about the situation in Moneragala because 120 cases off the 158 confirmed cases of election law violations had been reported from the district.
“We have confirmed 40 cases of attacks on party offices with 39 of them from Moneragala. It is worrying particularly because the voter population in Moneragala is only half of that of Badulla and yet the highest violence and election law violations are reported from the district,” Mr. Hettiarachchi said.

He said election law violations and election violence was continuing despite requests made to relevant authorities including the Elections Commissioner and law enforcement officials to station additional armed police personnel in Moneragala to bring the situation under control.

Mr. Hettiarachchi said the politicisation of the Police Service had resulted in police inaction.

Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) Executive Director Ranjith Keerthi Tennakoon in a statement said the total number of complaints they had received on election law violations and violence in the Uva Province has increased to 162 which includes 55 cases of attacks on party offices and property damage.

The latest incident was reported this morning when a UNP office located along the Buttala – Kataragama road was destroyed.  

Meanwhile both organisations expressed concern over the intimidating presence of several vehicles without vehicle registration numbers and some of them with Western Province vehicle registration numbers. Opposition candidates said various intimidating tactics adopted by ruling party candidates was creating a climate of fear in the district.

CaFFE said despite the continuous allegations levelled against these mysterious vehicles and the obvious violations of motor traffic regulations as well as election regulations, the Police have done nothing to remove these vehicles from the areas. (Lakna Paranamanna)
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  • Azee Tuesday, 02 September 2014 11:37 PM

    The President has said that the Govt. coalition will win with a majority of 250000 votes.What matters is victory at any cost via DM Android App

    jeraj Tuesday, 02 September 2014 07:02 PM

    1982 genaral election we remember over 10,000 violance complaint recorded in police. JVP direct . involve for those violance today 120 cause very liitle , virtuous

    mount Wednesday, 03 September 2014 09:03 AM

    enter in power to someone some other must sacrifice the life.

    lankan Wednesday, 03 September 2014 01:09 AM

    One award from Bolivia other award from China for the contribution for the democracy. Wonder Asia Jayawewa. via DM Android App

    tony Wednesday, 03 September 2014 07:51 AM

    SLFP GOING TO CELEBRATE THEIR ANNIVERSARY IN BADULLA IS FOR ELECTION PROPAGANDA. THE ELECTION COMMISSIONER SHOULD ASK THE PARTY TO HOLD THEIR CELEBRATIONS ELSEWHERE OR POSTPONE IT TILL AFTER THE PROVINCIAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS. OVER TO YOU EC. BEFORE THE LAST ELECTION ALSO THE GOVT HAD ANOTHER PROPAGANDA WITH A LIVE TV PROGRAM

    gobbaya Wednesday, 03 September 2014 05:37 AM

    democracy & elections sl style and we keep trying to convince the rest of the world nothing bad happenned in the miracle of asia..... via DM Android App

    Mutu Wednesday, 03 September 2014 01:17 AM

    Yes the population is low but the perpetrators of violence are the "imported" thugs from nearby electorates.

    Andy Wednesday, 03 September 2014 01:21 AM

    Lawlessness is rife under this government and police has no power.


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