Local election observers deployed around the island

ElectionsLocal election observers have been deployed around the country to monitor the pre and post election period as the accepting of nominations of the Parliament election ends today.

The People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL), the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) and the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) are main organisations involved in election monitoring in Sri Lanka.

The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) said that more than 6,000 static observers will be stationed in polling stations on election day.

According to CMEV media coordinator Anuradha Guruge, about 45 officers are stationed at the Elections Secretariat to conduct further follow up investigations on all reports, contacting the relevant parties including witnesses, health officials and police stations and verifying the authenticity of claims during the 2015 general election.

“Furthermore arrangements are made to deploy 75 mobile groups from Colombo to various locations across the country as necessary,” Guruge said.

The 200+field/district monitors will organise an equal number of mobile visits to polling stations. The CMEV expects to cover 65-70 per cent of polling stations across the country. (Colombo Gazette)