Elections not free and fair - PAFFREL

[TamilNet, Monday, 25 January 1999, 22:22 GMT]
Sri Lanka's polls watchdog, the People's Alliance For Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL), in a statement issued after polling concluded in the northwestern Provincial Council elections said that reports from its election monitors clearly indicate that the conduct of the elections does not fulfill the criteria of being free and fair.

It said that there are reports of ballot box stuffing, the impersonation of large numbers of voters, threats and physical assaults of polling agents amongst other acts of violence.

These malpractices have occurred on a widespread and systematic basis throughout the province, it said.

According to information received by PAFFREL, these violations have been committed predominantly by the People's Alliance, the report said.

It has been pointed out in the report that stuffing of ballot papers had taken place in 13 polling booths.

In 24 polling stations thugs had driven off the polling agents of political opponents of the ruling party.

PAFFREL said that it will submit a fuller report on the elections shortly.

PAFFREL believes that the Northwestern Provincial Council elections are irretrievably flawed and requested that the elections held today (25) be invalidated and that fresh elections be held after suitable remedial measures have been taken by the government to ensure a free and fair poll.

The report is signed by its chairman Godfrey Gunatilleke.

 

Latest 15 Reports
28.07.16 23:42  
Colombo continues to dilly-dally on processing political prisoners‘ cases
27.07.16 23:14  
UNP answerable for 1983 genocidal pogrom: Batticaloa UNP Organiser
26.07.16 23:38  
JUSU opposes police cases against Tamil students, SL military steps up surveillance
25.07.16 21:12   Photo
2009 genocide justice not going to come from UNP of 1983 pogrom: Shivajilingam
24.07.16 23:00   Photo
Saiva priests protest against Colombo constructing fishing jetty near Nakulesvaram temple
23.07.16 23:09  
Ethnic discrimination in student enrollment exposes reconciliation farce: Tamil academic
22.07.16 19:47   Photo
Tamil student leaders in Jaffna condemn SL Governor Cooray’s remarks in Colombo
21.07.16 01:26  
University engineers not learning lessons
21.07.16 00:21   Photo
Tamil politicians blame SL Military for enticing Sinhala students with triumphalist chauvinism
20.07.16 16:39   Photo
Tamil fishermen rise up against Colombo's move to permanently militarise Pa'l'li-munai in Mannaar
20.07.16 15:21   Photo
NPC demands CoI to go beyond criminal investigations on Jaffna University clash
19.07.16 23:15  
Sinhala-Tamil student clash in Jaffna exposes dangerous proportions of military occupation
18.07.16 18:01   Photo
‘SL President sanctioning 67-feet Buddha statue off Jaffna is act of aggression’
17.07.16 23:46  
Eastern University instructs assaulted Tamil student to attend investigations in Colombo
16.07.16 13:37   Photo
SL military-backed Sinhala students clash with Tamil students in Jaffna University
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=2748