The Elections Department says the voter turn-out at the Provincial Council polls that ended about an hour ago is about 50%, although a slightly lower figure of around 43% to 46% was recorded from the Sabaragamuwa province.
Meanwhile, the Elections Complaints Investigation Center (ECIC) of the Elections Department said it received 117 complaints of election violence within the course of the day. An official of the ECIC said the highest number of complaints had been reported from Ratnapura. The breakdown of complaints from each district is as follows: Anuradhapura – 17, Polonnaruwa – 16, Trincomalee – 12, Batticaloa – 14, Ampara – 19, Kegalle – 13, Ratnapura - 26.
However, the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) alleged that the election was not free and fair adding that the overall voter turn-out was only close to 45%.
According to CaFFE, a total number of 121 incidents of violence had been reported within the course of the day from all provinces where the elections were held, with several major incidents reported from Akkaraipattu.
Meanwhile, addressing a news conference at the conclusion of the election, at the Elections Secretariat in Rajagiriya this evening, Elections Chief Mahinda Deshapriya said there were 117 election related complaints during the day and 19 were inquired into. He also said that he had called for a full report on the four incidents until which the ballots of those polling stations would not be counted.
The four polling stations were from Pulmudai, Nivithigala and two from Kekirawa. However he said he was waiting for an official report to decide on his next course of action. He said he didn’t believe them to be major incidents and said no incidents that were beyond the control of the elections department had been reported today.(Lakna Paranamanna and Hafeel Farisz)
Declaring 100+ incidents of violence and complaints are meaningless as results are announced regardless.
Sagara Sunday, 09 September 2012 01:41 PM
Pulse of the nation? You mean the thuggery, mayhem, rapes, child abduction, bribery, corruption, armed gang-fare etc ? Yes. Yesterday, people approved all that. So carry on ripping this country apart.
Diky Sunday, 09 September 2012 11:18 AM
Still close to 50% are donkeys in the country.
Rubert Vanderkoon Sunday, 09 September 2012 10:26 AM
Not onloy it could happen, it looks like it did happen. Remember the University dons who maintain computer systems are on strike. The head Ruwan even had scathing attacks on the government recently. You may wonder about various things but the people in the village think otherwise.You don't have to jump the gun, wait for the official explanation from the opposition. The peculated percentages are always below the actual numbers.
Rubert Vanderkoon Sunday, 09 September 2012 09:25 AM
Don't be silly. The Computer Unit is controlled by the striking lecturers of the Colombo University. Jilmart is a word used by those disgraceful politicians who don't understand the pulse of the nation who then can't take the defeat gracefully.
Manel Fonseka Sunday, 09 September 2012 08:39 AM
Utterly cynical waste of money, energy, time, concern, focus, resources, etc. Add to that, popular disillusion with elections, leading to voter apathy/boycott simply plays into the hands of the party in power. Sooner or later people will look for other solutions. And that is another tragedy.
Richardson Sunday, 09 September 2012 07:45 AM
Which 50% are the Donkeys ???????
Danushka Sunday, 09 September 2012 05:32 AM
This is my exact observation as well. It was reported yesterday that there was a very low voter turnout. But when the results are out, the % polled is well over 60% as you have correctly pointed out. In addition, the winning party constantly maintains a % of 65%-66% in most of the polling divisions and has been the case for nearly 8 years. Could this happen???
Asoka Sunday, 09 September 2012 04:41 AM
That is why we call miracle of Asia, In near future SL will become the number one country with foreign loans. Then our poor people will understand. Second thing this unlucky name 'Ra-Nil should be eliminated from election history.
A Poor voter Sunday, 09 September 2012 04:14 AM
By yesterday (08.09.2012) evining it the voter turn-out was about 50% (It was 43% to 46% in Sabaragamuwa province). By today morning it is over 60% ???? what a miracle?
Jagath Leanage Saturday, 08 September 2012 01:30 PM
Voter confidence no more for these useless politicians.
Gamaraala Sunday, 09 September 2012 02:08 AM
What a waste of money just to show the world that the people are still with this corrupt Government. We could have put up an entire hospital with this money for the poor.
Appuhamy Sunday, 09 September 2012 01:17 AM
UNPers did not vote at this election becuase of poor leadersip and this explains why UPFA won all seats in Sabaraguma and NCP
MagodisThuma Sunday, 09 September 2012 01:15 AM
Computer Gilmart at it's best !
Len Saturday, 08 September 2012 10:20 PM
If one thinks things are bad in SL think what will happen to us women if Romney, Ryan ticket wins under GOP. According to some DNC keynote celebrity speaker’s at the DNC convention US women will lose the right to vote, education and health care poor in US will be sent for slavery to be used as servants by rich 1% of Romney’s friends and further more he will introduce Nazi type government in US. Sri Lankan’s should be thankful.
Jayasekara Saturday, 08 September 2012 02:40 PM
Finally the figure will magically go up to 70 or 80% if you are a citizen of a democracy even for name sake you have the responsibility to vote at least a spoiled one If 40-50% did not vote they should know all the action of the elected they are also responsible as they acted irresponsibly not taking time to know the candidate and vote some one will use the vote
neutral Saturday, 08 September 2012 02:21 PM
people thinks useless to vote as the computers playing the change game in the centre.
konda china Saturday, 08 September 2012 01:59 PM
More people are coming out from the political darkness. This number will further reduced in future elections, and the riggers cannot win the day when there are no voters.
Casper Saturday, 08 September 2012 01:45 PM
Ahmad Saturday, 08 September 2012 01:33 PM
Athawullah playing banditry in Akkaraipattu
Bandara Saturday, 08 September 2012 01:31 PM
CaFFE opinion is always biased.
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