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Sri Lanka polls close with over 70-pct turnout in most districts

ECONOMYNEXT – Voting in Sri Lanka’s general elections closed at 1700 hours on August 05, with over 70 percent turnout being reported in most districts as people voted amid Coronavirus health rules.

Sri Lanka Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya says no incidents were reported that requires ballots of any centre to be annulled.

The most serious incidents of violence involved a killing which was not direct linked to a polling station and in Kelaniya a candidate had assaulted a person which is investigated by police, he said.
In Ratnapura, there was a fight between supporters of the same party, he said.

Colombo had seen a turnout of 72 percent, Hambantota 72 percent, Kegalle 71 percent, reports said.

Matale has seen 72 percent, Nuwara Eliya 75, Rathnapura 71, Puttalam 64, Hambanthota 76, Anuradhapura 70, Kandy 72, Polonnaruwa 72, Monaragala 75 percent, report said.

Sri Lanka’s election commission has urged people to go to vote as various health measures were taken to control the risk of Coronavirus spread.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Sri Lanka Podujana Party is seeking a two thirds majority in the election.

The SLPP is highlighting the success so far in containing the spread of the Coronavirus in the country.

The SLPP is widely expected to get the most seats

Under Sri Lanka’s proportional representation system assembly has 225 members of which 196 are elected and the balance appointed through a national list based on the total votes.

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