Commissioner allows 10 local monitoring groups to observe elections
[TamilNet, Monday, 22 March 2010, 17:34 GMT]
People’s Action for Free and Fair Election (PAFFREL) and the Centre
for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) have been given clearance by
the Commissioner of Elections to enter the polling stations and have
their observers in the polling stations on the day of the elections.
Eight more organizations are allowed by the Commissioner of
Elections, to have their agents in polling stations.
Democratic Action for Free and Fair Elections (DAFFE), Centre for
Protecting Human Rights (CPHR), Organization for Professional
Association (OPA), Sepco Janatha Sanvidanaya (SJS), National Polls
Observation Centre(NPOC), Network to Election Monitoring(NEM), Centre
for Monitoring Free and Fair Elections and Democracy (CMFFED) and the
Campaign for Free and Fair Election (CaFFe).
However, the Elections Secretariat has not taken any decision
about foreign election observers as the request from opposition
parties came late, department sources said.
Meanwhile, 415, 419 state sector employees are eligible to cast their votes on March 25 and 26. Of the total number of applications for postal voting
61,691 applications were rejected, election department sources said.