Electioneering allowed in Kumpu'ruppiddi, Nawalapitiya re-polls
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 13 April 2010, 09:37 GMT]
Trincomalee District Elections Department is to deploy fifty
government officials to hold the re-poll in Kumpu'ruppiddi, a
traditional Tamil village located north of Trincomalee town along
Trincomalee –Pulmoaddai highway.
The voting held in a polling station
in Kumpu'ruppiddi was annulled by the Department of Elections on reports
that a gang said to be supporters of a government party minister had
forcibly removed bundles of ballot papers on the polling day last
Meanwhile the Elections Department has informed political parties and
independent groups contesting the Trincomalee electorate and
Nawalapitiya electorate that they could continue their normal
campaigning including media advertisements and house to house
canvassing for re-poll but would have to stop forty eight hours ahead
of April 20, the day re-poll is to be held.
The Elections Secretariat said 600 officers would be deployed at
polling stations and counting centres in Nawalapitiya electorate in
Kandy district and Kumpu'ruppiddi in Trincomalee electorte. Of them 50
officers will be deployed at the Kumpu'ruppiddi polling station in
Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake annulled the
results of 34 polling booths in Nawalapitiya and the result of a
polling station in Trincomalee electorate on April 8 and called for a
re-poll on April 20.