Adding a comical twist to the Eastern PC polls, a 17-year-old school girl in Ampara received an official telegram summoning her to attend a seminar organised to educate Senior Presiding Officers of the area.
Jeevani Kalyani a resident of Weeragoda, received this official telegram requesting her attendance at a seminar to be held on April 29 at 10 a.m. at the Ampara District Office. It was sent by the Returning Officer of the district.
The intended participants of the seminar were 27 Senior Presiding Officers from the Digamadulla area who were to be in charge of the Eastern polls.
The panic stricken parents rushed to the office of the Assistant Election Commissioner Lakshmendra Damayantha Kumara Tennakoon, who later admitted that the erroneous telegram was due to a mix-up by postal authorities.
Mr. Tennakoon also said a teacher in Panama had received an erroneous telegram stating the date of the seminar as April 27, two days prior to the actual date, causing much inconvenience.
The Regional Postmaster General has promised to carry out an investigation on what led to this comical mix-up.