Over 100 arrested in Sri Lankan election-related violence

10:40, March 28, 2010      

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Sri Lankan police said on Saturday they have arrested over 100 people in escalating political violence in the run-up to the April 8 parliamentary election.

"We have arrested 102 people while 234 more are to be arrested, " Gamini Navaratne, the deputy inspector general of police told reporters.

Navaratne said political party supporters are being misled by candidates to indulge in violence.

Election monitors said intra-party clashes rather than inter- party rivalry have led to the growing number of incidents.

Meanwhile, the election monitors said 22,000 of over 400,000 postal voters were denied the opportunity of voting due to administrative shortcomings.

Postal voting for the election took place on Thursday and Friday. The monitors said in some polling stations the voting started late because the election officers failed to come on time.

The island's parliament was dissolved in February and 225 members are to be elected based on the proportional representation system for a six-year term on April 8.

Source: Xinhua
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