Election results before midnight tomorrow – Deshapriya
By Buddhika Samaraweera
All Gazette Notifications pertaining to the General Election results are expected to be issued by 10 August, said Chairman of the Election Commission (EC), Mahinda Deshapriya.
He also said Election results will be released before midnight tomorrow (6) and added the preferential vote results would be released before midnight on 7 August. He said the Gazette Notification with regard to preferential vote results is expected to be issued by 8 August, and that if the final National List is received by the EC on 9 August, the Gazette Notification in this regard will be issued on 10 August.
He was speaking to the Media after participating in an observation tour to inquire into Poll preparations in the Gampaha District, yesterday (4).
Recalling that the Department of Meteorology has made an announcement that there would be showers in the Western, Southern and Sabaragamuwa Provinces, Deshapriya said, the Disaster Management Centre, District Secretaries, Police Officers, Grama Niladharis and the Armed Forces were ready to deal with such a situation.
He further said necessary steps have been taken to ensure security in polling stations. The Police and the Civil Defence Department will patrol around polling stations and the Special Task Force (STF) has been deployed on the instructions of the Acting Inspector General of Police to provide security at places where security-related problems may arise. Arrangements have also been made to call in the riot control units if necessary, he added.
Responding to a question regarding incidents of Election-related violence and Election law violations, Deshapriya said no Election-related violence had been reported and that violations of the Election law were far lower than during previous Elections. He further said that this time, two representatives representing one political party would be allowed to stay at the polling stations. Officers of the EC and Police officers have been deployed at every polling station so there is no room for any irregularities, he noted.
He also recalled that more Senior Presiding Officers have been deployed this time even more than the required amount.
Arrangements had also been made to hold a rehearsal at each polling station at around 3 p.m. yesterday.