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
05.07.20 23:06   Photo
University students, Shivajilingam brave SL harassment to commemorate fallen Black Tigers
04.07.20 22:28   Photo
Monk commanding Sinhala-Buddhicisation of North-East threatens Tamil villagers in Batticaloa
03.07.20 19:28   Photo
After Naavat-kuzhi, Colombo targets Poonakari for Sinhala colonisation across Jaffna lagoon
02.07.20 22:26  
Colombo imposes restrictions on Tamil valour related symbolism in schools of North
01.07.20 13:22  
New secret unit among four SL military and police squads competing to arrest Tamil youth in North
30.06.20 22:10  
Tamils blocked from accessing properties near SL Navy training base in Champoor, Trincomalee
29.06.20 23:29   Photo
Moragoda advising Gotabaya prompts Sinhala parties to scrap Provincial Councils
28.06.20 22:06  
India privileging BRIC/RIC over Quad ‘discordant’, says former US top diplomat
27.06.20 22:11  
Indo-Pacific expert wants US to seek opportunities in ‘Sri Lanka’
26.06.20 21:24  
Russia steps up influence on New Delhi to uphold “multilateralism” against US “rules-based order”
25.06.20 23:53  
Pompeo talks about US reposturing troops, mentions India, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia
24.06.20 23:36   Photo
Devananda circumvents court order, manipulates Jaffna fishers to allow poachers from South
23.06.20 22:03  
Sinhala encroachment of pastureland continues unabated in Batticaloa
22.06.20 18:17  
SLMC Chairman: Time for joint Tamil-Muslim efforts
21.06.20 23:11   Photo
Ex-councillor: Poverty-stricken Tamils at receiving end of SL military brutality in North
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=2748