General Election 2020: 70 reports of election-related violations this morning

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 12:55 PM Aug 5 2020
Local General Election 2020: 70 reports of election-related violations this morning

Seventy reports of election-related violence were reported between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. this morning (05), according to the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV).

Illegal campaigning accounted for the highest number of violations, with 52 such cases reported. This was most commonly done through the scattering of chits bearing candidates' party symbols and preference numbers, and was committed all across the country by candidates from various parties.

 The CMEV received reports of the following violations:

  • Sixty supporters of the All Ceylon Tamil Congress are reported to have arrived at the house of an Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) in Kalmunai, Digamadulla district at 9 p.m. on 04 August, assaulted several persons there and damaged property, leaving two persons hospitalised.
  • A Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Party supporter is reported to have attacked and injured two All Ceylon Makkal Congress supporters in Pottuvil at around 2.30 a.m. today. The victims have been hospitalised.
  • Two SLPP supporters were reportedly aggressively coaxing voters in Mulkirigala, influencing them to vote for the SLPP.
  • Supporters of Mahindananda Aluthgamage were reportedly verbally influencing voters to vote for the SLPP, at around 7.30 a.m. near the polling station at St. Mary’s College, Nawalapitiya.

The CMEV also received reports of voters registered at the Nedunthivu polling station in Kayts, Jaffna waiting at Kurikattuvan for the boat service to travel to the station on the other side since 8 a.m. CMEV has lodged a complaint with the Election Commission in this regard. (Source: Centre for Monitoring Election Violence)

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 12:55 PM Aug 5 2020

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