Counting of votes would be suspended if irregularity is noted
[TamilNet, Saturday, 03 April 2010, 15:53 GMT]
Counting of votes in the forthcoming general elections that is to be
held on April 8 would be suspended if any untoward incident takes
place during the process in the centres or in their premises,
according to the instruction issued by the Commissioner of Elections
to his District Returning Officers (DRO). The counting should resume
in case of suspension, only if the Returning Officers and other
authorities are fully satisfied that normalcy has been restored, the
Elections Commissioner said.
All DROs have been instructed to seek the help of the security forces
personnel to remove any members of political parties or
representatives of independent groups from the centres and the
premises if they noted any malpractices by them.
The Commissioner of Elections has issued the instruction following
complaints of some incidents that had taken place in the counting
centres in Anuradhapura district and other districts in the south
during the last presidential election held in January.
Meanwhile, the polling agents of the political parties and independent
groups are to be permitted to paste a sticker inside the ballot boxes
at the time of sealing it at the polling station in order to avoid
allegations of poll rigging.
The polling agents should paste the
sticker when the empty ballot boxes are sealed and hand over a specimen
of the sticker.
They will be allowed to check the stickers belonging
to their political party or the independent groups when the ballot
boxes are opened at the counting centres, election department sources