Local election monitors reported election law violations at several locations around the island as the deadline for accepting of nominations for the August 17 Parliament elections ended this afternoon.
The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) said that processions including several vehicle processions were reported after the main political parties handed over their nomination papers to the respective District Secretariats this afternoon.
CaFFE Executive Director Keerthi Tennakoon said that most of the election law violations were reported from Kurunegala, Galle and the Vanni Districts.
He said that in the Galle District at least six processions were held in violation of election laws disregarding orders issued by the Department of Elections and the police.
Tennakoon said that in the Kurunegala District several processions were held outside the town while in the Vanni District a candidate had attempted to travel by procession using over 120 vehicles from Silavathura to Vavuniya but was stopped at three locations by the police.
Keerthi Tennakoon also hailed the efforts taken by the police today to ensure election laws are protected after accepting of nominations for the election ended.
Local 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 ended on Monday.
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. (Colombo Gazette)