Voting underway in Sri Lanka's re-poll

16:13, April 20, 2010      

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Polls opened Tuesday morning in the re-poll in two areas affected by violence during the parliamentary election held on April 8, election officials said.

Officials from the Department of Elections said 50,107 voters in 37 polling station are expected to vote in the central district area of Nawalapitiya and 977 people are to vote at the Kumburusiddy polling station in the eastern port district of Trincomalee.

The poll in the two areas were annulled by Elections Commissioner Dayanada Dissanayake following complaints of intimidation and malpractice.

This forced the delay in announcing the final result of the general election and the parliamentary composition.

However, the two ruling party strongmen alleged to be responsible for the intimidation, Mahindanada Aluthgamage and Susantha Punchinilame have both denied wrongdoing.

They blamed their ruling party colleagues for conspiring against them in continuation of the intra-party violence which marred the polls lead-up.

Extra security measures have been enforced in both areas to prevent recurrence of violence, authorities said.

Source: Xinhua


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