The voting in the Western, Southern, Eastern and Northern Provinces have seen and increase when compared with past elections, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) said today.
“It is a good sign to see the people enthusiastically casting their votes to elect the members of the new Parliament. The situation at election centres has so far been trouble free,” CaFFE Executive Director Ranjith Keerthi Tennakoon said.
He said CaFFE has deployed about 9,000 election monitors at voting centres across the country in addition to 430 mobile units.
Meanwhile, Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) Media Coordinator Anuradha Guruge said queues began to lengthened after 8.00 a.m. with more people coming out to cast their votes.
He said the number of votes cast was bound to increase by afternoon.
“The CMEV has deployed around 5,000 local monitors, 21 foreign observers, 75 mobile units in addition to about 100 monitors who will be at counting centres,” he said. (Piyumi Fonseka)