Postal voting peaceful – But powerful politicians openly break laws - CaFFE
The first day of postal voting was held without any serious incident, Campaign for Free and fair Elections (CaFFE) observes. There were four incidents of illegal election propaganda from Galle, Gampaha and Colombo districts, however these incidents did not have any significant impact on voting.
During the postal voting a van displaying the preferential number of UPFA candidate Manjula Buddhadasa was parked inside the Kaduwela DS office premises. Meanwhile a similar issue was reported at the Panadura DS office, where a vehicle (32-4215 jeep) with UPFA candidate Nandana Gunathilake's preferential number was seen. Two vehicles of UPFA candidate Thushara Perera were parked behind the Kesbewa DS office while a double cab displaying numbers of candidates were parked behind kaduwela DS office. These are all election law violations.
By March 13, 2014 CaFFE has received 733 complaints, out of which 432 were reported from western province. 214 complaints have been received from Colombo district, the highest number from any district. 116 complaints have been lodged from Matara, highest from southern province.
CaFFE is extremely concerned about continuous misuse of public property, 289 cases (39% of total complaints.) Attached herewith is a list of incidents.
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