All arrangements are in place to hold postal voting in the Local Government Election tomorrow.
The postal voting will be held tomorrow and day after. 321 595 are eligible for postal voting. An Assistant Returning Officer has been appointed for certain postal voting centres. The postal voting will be held under the supervision of the head of the organization with assistance from the Assistant Returning Officer. The Election Secretariat said heads of the organizations should compulsorily remain in their offices tomorrow and day after. The Elections Commissioner has also informed them not to hold special workshops and seminars for Government Servants on these two days. Meanwhile Police say that special security programme has been launched in an around the postal voting centres. Police Media Spokesman SP Prishantha Jayakody said that measures are being taken to remove illegal banners, posters and cut-outs.
He said that Police are taking measures to remove all illegal banners and cutouts. He said that canvassing for the local government election is now underway and some candidates were reported to be violating the election laws during their campaigns. He requested them to remove the illegal, cutouts and banners. He said that however the Police Department will remove them.
Meanwhile the number of representatives of political parties and independent groups who can enter the counting centres has been increased. So far only two persons were allowed to enter the centres from political parties or independent groups. The Election Secretariat said that the number of representatives who can enter the counting centres have been increased up to five on the request made by the political parties and independent groups.