Batticaloa Local Polls
Smooth run-up to Batti elections
BATTICALOA: All measures have been taken to ensure a free and fair
Local Government poll in the Batticaloa district with Security Forces’
assistance, Assistant Commissioner of Elections in the Batticaloa
District T. Krishnanandhalingam told the Daily News yesterday.
“Things are progressing smoothly for the Batticaloa District Local
Government Election scheduled to be held on March 10,” the Assistant
Commissioner said. The Assistant Commissioner said he has received three
complaints upto date regarding pre-polls violence.
“These are minor incidents like threats from opponents. However these
incidents are being investigated by the Batticaloa DIG,” he said. He
said postal voting was carried out without any incidents. Nine hundred
and thirty four persons were eligible for postal voting.
“Postal voting had taken place without any major incidents and around
97 per cent of postal voters had cast their votes.”
Ballot boxes containing the postal votes will be sent to Returning
Officers before 4 p.m. on March 10 by certifying officers.
The Assistant Elections Commissioner said he needed 4,200 election
staff for duties. He has planned to set up 26 counting centres under 26
chief counting officers. Accordingly 22 normal counting centres will be
established while two will be set up for postal counting.
Another two will be established to count votes of the displaced.
More than 6,000 displaced voters are reported to be seeking the
Election Commissioner’s approval to cast their votes where they are
The Assistant Commissioner said he has made arrangements for
displaced voters to cast their votes at the nearest polling station
while polling stations will be set up especially for them at identified