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No serious incidents reported during polling – Chairman Elections Commission

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ECONOMYNEXT- Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said that roughly about 70% of the eligible voters have cast their votes at the Parliamentary Election.

Addressing a press conference held after the close of the poll, he said that no serious cases of violations or violence were reported during the voting period.

“We contacted all the assistant election commissioners and senior DIG Priyantha Weerasooriya contacted all police stations and no serious incident was reported,” he said.

Considering the murder of Underworld figure Eron Ranasinghe aka ‘SF Lokka’ in Anuradhapura, Deshapriya said was the only serious incident that happens during the day and had no link to the elections.

Regarding the people who in quarantine centres who were not allowed to vote at the elections, he said that they need to change the election law in order to let these people vote.

According to the election commission, the voter turnout at the end of the voting period is as follows:

Colombo 70%,Gampaha 68%, Kalutara 70%, kandy 72%, Matale 72%, Nuwra eliya 75%, Galle 70%, Matara 71%, Hambanthota 76%,Kurunegala 65%,Puttalam 64%,Anuradhpura 70%,Polonnaruwa 72%,Badulla 74%, Monaragala 75%,Rathnapura 71%,Kagalle 70%,Jaffna 67%,Vanni 73 %,Trincomalee 73%,Batticalao 76% and Digamadulla 72 % (Colombo,August 5, 2020)