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Sunday, 16 August 2015 - 8:54
Update: All preparations set for the General Election #GenElecSL

All preparations are set for the General Election which would be held tomorrow to elect MPs for the 8th parliament of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

The voting will commence at 7 am tomorrow at 12,314 polling centres and will conclude at 4PM.

15,044,491 voters are eligible to vote tomorrow.

Additional Election Commissioner R.M.L.A. Rathnayake stated that 9,000 internally displaced persons will cast their votes at 19 polling centres established in Puttalam and Anuradhapura districts.

Furthermore, the Additional Election Commissioner stated that it is compulsory to bring a recognized identity card for the voting tomorrow.

6,151 candidates will be contesting the General Election from 35 political parties and 201 independent groups for 196 MP seats.

The transporting of ballot boxes commenced at 7 this morning and has concluded successfully by now.

Transporting of ballot boxes for 1,075 polling centres in Colombo District commenced this morning from the Royal College and D.S. Senanayake College.

Ballot boxes for the 633 polling centres in Kalutara District were transported from Pasdunrata College of Education, while ballot boxes for the 1,054 polling centres in Gampaha District were transported from Siyana College of Education, Vidyaloka College, and Naiwala Advanced Technological College.

In addition, ballot boxes were transported from Pologolla Mahaweli College of Education for the 825 polling centres in Kandy District.

Meanwhile, transporting of ballot boxes for Matale District began from the premises of the District Secretariat and Matale Christ Church College, for 324 polling centres.  

Furthermore, ballot boxes were transported for the 423 polling centres in Nuwara Eliya District from Nuwara Eliya Gamini National College.

The GA of Nuwara Eliya Helen Meegasmulla stated that they have assigned Senior OICs who can converse in Tamil for the polling centres related to estates.

The transporting of ballot boxes for the 455 polling centres in Matara District began from Medawatta Technical College, while the transporting of ballot boxes and deploying officers for Hambantota district was conducted from Suchi National College.

In addition, ballot boxes were issued for Galle district’s 307 polling centres from 3 locations including St. Aloysius College, St. Sacred Heart Convent  as well as Advanced Technological College.

Ballot boxes were issued for the 70 polling centres in Mannar District from its District Secretariat, while the issuing of ballot boxes for the 285 polling centres in Trincomalee District took place from Trincomalee Technological Institute.

Ballot boxes were issued from Ampara Hardy Technological institute for 464 polling centres in Digamadulla District this morning.

Meanwhile, Additional Election Commissioner M.M. Mohammed who is on an inspection tour in the Northern Province stated that they have concluded issuing all ballot boxes in the province.  

In addition, transporting of Ballot boxes for the 464 polling centres of Kurunegala District took place from Wewagedara Defence College, Kurunegala Technological College, Maliyadewa Boys College, and Wayamba Royal College.

Furthermore, for the 400 polling centres of Puttalam district, ballot boxes were transported from Puttalam Fathima Balika College and Puttalam Zahira College this morning.

Transporting of ballot boxes for the 608 polling centres in Anuradhapura district commenced from Anuradhapura Central College, while Polonnaruwa Pulathisi College of Education issued ballot boxes for the 288 polling centres in Polonnaruwa District.

Transporting of ballot boxes for the 517 polling centres in Badulla District began at Badulla Higher Education Institute and Badulla Central College, while ballot boxes for Moneragala district’s 351 polling centres were issued from its District Secretariat.

Ballot boxes for the 624 polling centres in Ratnapura District began from the premises of its District Secretariat while ballot boxes were issued for Kegalle district’s 569 polling centres from Kegalle Balika College and Technical College.

A rehearsal was held this morning by the senior OICs of the respective polling centres for the staff on election duty.

However, the Department of Election stated that they will take legal action against any senior OIC of a polling centre or other members of staff who would not report for election duty.

Pix by - Dinasena Rathugamage, Ambalanthota Ajith Pushpakumara, Wanni Romesh Madusanka, Polonnaruwa Thushara Thennakoon, Hambanthota Sanath gamage, Hatton Ranjith Rajapaksha, Hiniduma Raveendra Chandralal, Ambalanthota Thushantha

Update: Sunday, 16 August 2015 - 19:01

Transporting of ballot boxes reach final stage

The transporting of ballot boxes commenced at 7 this morning with regard to the General Election which will be held tomorrow.

According to the District Returning officers, the Senior Officers in Charge of Polling Booths arrived on time to take over the ballot boxes.

Our correspondents stated that transporting ballot boxes may conclude in most districts by 2 PM today.

Ratnapura District Returning officer Sunil Kannangara also stated that they will be able to finalize the transporting of ballot boxes by 2 this afternoon.

In addition, the District Returning Officers of Vanni and Batticaloa also stated that the transporting of ballot boxes have reached its final stage.

Badulla District Returning officer stated that the relevant ballot boxes were sent to the relevant polling booths at 7 this morning.

Meanwhile, the tri-forces led by Navy are ready to assist in the transportation of ballot boxes and the election officers to and from the islands around the country.

Meanwhile, residents of Palliyawatta and battalangundwa islands have reached their hometowns from the Negombo fishing harbour to cast their votes.

They are original inhabitants of Gampaha, Puttalam, Kalpitiya and Chilaw areas.

Update : Sunday, 16 August 2015 - 12:57

Ballot boxes to polling booths today: 2 Armed Guards to offer protection

The Police Headquarters stated that all preparations are in place to conduct a free and fair general election tomorrow.

Police Media Spokesperson ASP Ruwan Gunasekara stated that a 75,000 strong police force has been deployed.

Meanwhile, Additional Elections Commissioner M M Mohommad stated that ballot boxes are been transported to the polling booths today.

Pix by Chandana Uduwawala
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