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Mahinda made a rumpus in Nikaweratiya, but no poll will be annulled

ELECTION FEVER – Crowds greet Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa as he arrives at a venue to speak in Kandy on Tuesday/PMD

ECONOMYNEXT – The Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) made “a very serious and strong complaint” against the conduct of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa during the polling, but will not seek an annulment of any poll, a spokesman for the alliance said.

The Permanent Representative of the SJB to the National Elections Commission Rajitha Keerthi Tennekoon told EconomyNext that the PM who was a Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Candidate for the Kurunegala district had entered two polling stations in Nikaweratiya and had also come to a poll at Kobeigane.

In a complaint made to the Commission Tennekoon said the PM “is accompanied by a crowd of 200 people and due to this, the roads have been blocked.”

Tennekoon said that he had informed the Commission that if the situation continues in this manner he would have no choice but to have to ask that these two polling stations be re-polled on a later date.

He said that Election Commission officials had then stepped in and brought the situation under control and the Prime Minister and his supporters had left the area.

Commission officials said that the candidates have a right to enter the polling station and make inquiries without disturbing the voters and disrupting the pol.

The Chairman of the National Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya told a post-poll press conference that “there was no incident that was serious enough for any party to ask for the annulment of any poll.”

He did not refer to the incident which involved the Prime Minister.

(Colombo, August 5, 2020)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana

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