The election monitor PAFFREL (People s Action for Free and Fair Elections) said yesterday that during tomorrow s Southern Provincial Council election monitoring activities pertaining to observations will be done through stationary and mobile observations.
PAFFREL Executive Director, Rohana Hettiarachchi said that a total of 1,085 observers will be assigned for the election. He said that under stationary observations steps are being taken to observe 670 polling stations in the Galle electoral district, 442 polling stations in the Matara electoral district and 373 polling stations in the Hambantota electoral district.
He said that in addition a total of 115 mobile observation stations will also be set up tomorrow around all polling stations. There will be 23 mobile vehicles and 5 observers in each vehicle, he said.
The PAFFREL Executive Director said that the observations will continue during the post-election period during the three to seven days after the election as well depending on the conditions that will prevail.
He said that steps are also being taken to set up the APOR (All Party Operation Room) on October 10 at the Elections Secretariat as was implemented in all four previous provincial council elections.
Hettiarachchi said that representatives at the level of Secretary or an equivalent position of all contesting parties will be invited to participate in this activity. Other participants in the event will include certain Police officials and senior elections officials of the Elections Commission.
The Center for Monitoring Election Violence is also due to take part in this, he said. He said that all parties are expected to coordinate and work together in order to maintain non-violence during and after the election.
All polls propaganda material removed say Police
By Supun Dias
Police headquarters announced yesterday -- a day after the Elections Chief had warned that he would compelled to cancel the polls in two areas of Hambantota district, where election propaganda materials had not been removed -- that all the polls propaganda material in the southern province, including the Hambantota district, had been removed.
The DIG of the Southern Province range has submitted a report that all the cutouts and banners have been removed from the entire Province, including the Hambantota District, Police media spokesman DIG Nimal Mediwaka told Daily Mirror.
He said that a batch of 1000 policemen had been dispatched to speed up the removal of the election propaganda material in the
* A total of 1,085 observers will operate for 670 polling stations in Galle, 442 in Matara and 373 in the Hambantota electoral district.
* Accordingly there will be 75 counting centres in Galle, 53 in Matara and 40 in the Hambantota district.