Elections Commissioner happy with polls conduct

Elections Commissioner Mahinda DeshapriyaElections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said that he was happy with the manner in which the Parliamentary election was conducted today.

Speaking to reporters at a media briefing at the end of the election, Deshapriya said that, when compared to past elections, the election held today was peaceful.

“I am very happy that there were no serious incidents. Most of the complaints we received were only during the last one and a half hours before voting ended,” he said.

He said that there were 226 election related complaints filed with the Elections Department but they were not serious in nature.

Deshapriya urged the public to accept both victory and defeat peacefully and not harass anyone after the final election result is released.

Police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said that there were no complaints of any serious incidents reported.

He said that 35 suspects were arrested in relation to election related violations and they will be produced in court.

Meanwhile Deshapriya said that he could not announce the exact voter turnout until all the votes are counted.

He also said that some media institutions had violated election laws while the internet was also used to spread false propaganda against the Elections Department. (Colombo Gazette)