Around 80 percent voter turnout recorded as polls end

Around 80 percent voter turnout was recorded as the 2019 Presidential election ended this evening.

PAFFREL said that among the incidents noted on Election Day, the most serious was the firing at a convoy of buses taking displaced voters to their original homes in the North where they were registered to vote. However, no one was injured.

Another was the attempt to set up unauthorized checkpoints in the North by security forces.

Other incidents included five cases of assault, seven complaints of voter impersonation, four arrests of voters taking photographs of their marked ballot papers, one case of a voter attempting to smuggle out the ballot paper and two arrests for distributing election propaganda.

The total number of complaints received by PAFFREL on Election Day was 158 with 42 complaints against illegal propaganda activities, 31 complaints against pressure being brought to bear on voters and 20 complaints against illegal transportation of voters.

Accordingly, 80% of the registered voters from Polonnaruwa, Badulla, Anuradhapura, Hambantota, Nuwara Eliya, Kandy, Ampara, Kalutara and Colombo had cast their votes.

Badulla – 80%
Polonnaruwa – 80%
Anuradhapura – 80%
Hambantota – 80%
Nuwara Eliya – 80%
Kandy – 80%
Ampara – 80%
Kalurata – 80%
Colombo – 80%
Galle, Matale, Matara and Kurunegala – over 80%
Puttalam – 75%
Kilinochchi – 73%
Jaffna – 66%
Batticaloa – 77%
Gampaha – 81%
Kegalle – 79%
Trincomalee – 83%
Mullaitivu – 76%
Vavuniya – 75%
Mananr – 71%

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