UPFA alleged of malpractice in JMC election

[TamilNet, Saturday, 08 August 2009, 07:20 GMT]
Independent Groups contesting Jaffna Municipal Council Election alleged ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) supporters of engaging in malpractice as voters began casting their votes from Saturday 7:00 a.m, sources in Jaffna said. UPFA supporters were seen persuading the voters going to the polling centres offering them polling cards printed in the form of small handbills with the betel symbol of the UPFA, the sources added.

JMC election
JMC election
Police are posted only at the entrance of the polling centres and UPFA supporters were seen 50m from the centres persuading voters to vote for UPFA.

The police check the identity of the voters with their National Identity Cards and other such documents.

The UPFA supporters were also sending persons to vote from a building complex near Jaffna St. Patrick’s College as well as from other such places, it was alleged.

The voting which began at a slow pace at the start picked up soon and vigorous voting is taking place in Kurunakar, Paasaiyoor and Kozhumpuththu’rai where people live densely.

Police are patrolling the areas where the voting is taking place and is said to have taken some suspicious persons for interrogation.

So far no violent incidents have been reported.


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