ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s presidential polls closed Saturday with turnouts in many districts reporting turnouts over 70 percent reports said, with election monitors reporting a mostly peaceful poll, though there were some cases of voter intimidation.
Unknown gunmen had attack on buses carrying Muslim voters in the Eastern district of Tantirimale was a reported early in the day but there were no casualties, official said.
With over 75 percent turnouts being reported in several districts an hour before closing, overall turnout may be close to 80 percent.
The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence reported several cases of voter intimidation and some activists dropping chits of near polling booths.
The 2019 Presidential elections saw very little or no posters visible on roads, a rule that had been openly flouted earlier.
Police said they still spent about 60 million rupees removing posters.
However the Chairman of Sri Lanka’s Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya said he was disappointed over the action of some state and private media.
The first result which is the Ratnapura postal vote is likely to be available before midnight Saturday, Deshapriya had said. (Colombo/Nov16/2019)