Commission records 122 complaints over upcoming local govt. elections

JAFFNA, SRI LANKA - SEPTEMBER 21: A sign directing voters to the polling station during the northern provincial council election on September 21, 2013 in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Ethnic Tamil voters in Sri Lanka's war-ravaged north have gone to the polls on Saturday to form their first functioning provincial government since 1988 following 26-year long civil war that ended in the country in 2009.. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)

The National Election Commission has received 122 complaints regarding the Local Government election.

The police received 12 complaints yesterday. The highest number of complaints recorded is 17, reported from the Gampaha district. The Elections Commission said that 15 complaints have been received from the Colombo District.

Furthermore, the Commission stated that the highest number of complaints were regarding the distribution of goods, cut-outs and banners. The Commission stated that necessary action has been taken with the support of the police.

Meanwhile, the Police Unit set up to look into election malpractice said that it had received 32 complaints relating to the elections. The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections’ (CAFFE) Executive Director Keerthi Tennakoon said that 93 complaints have been received in connection with the local government elections. Executive Director of PAFFREL, Rohana Hettiarachchi, says that 89 complaints have been received in connection with the election.

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