Sri Lanka presidential election less violent than usual: police
COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka’s 2015 presidential poll which just concluded was less violent than usual, with 405 complains being received compared to about 1,000 or more in 2005 and 2010 election, police said.
Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said there were 305 incidents of threats and other incidents but there were no injuries or deaths during the day. Others related to election law violations such as distributing leaflets and posters, he said.
There had been three explosions during the day, two involving hand grendades near polling stations in the north and the third on the south coast but no one was hurt.
Police had taken into custody 175 suspects related to the incidents.
Rohana appealed to the public to remain peaceful in the post-election period.
Under Sri Lanka’s election law people cannot hold processions or meeting in the immediate post –election period.
A special security plan had also gone into effect in the capital Colombo, Rohana said.