Polls Chief sets identity guidelines
The need to ensure proper identity of voters through the possession
of a valid identity card which displays his\her photograph has been made
compulsory to voters for ballot casting at the forthcoming provincial
council elections for Sabaragamuwa and North central, the Commissioner
of Elections Dayananda Dissanayake announced in a special notice
According to the Commissioner the following identity documents has
been declared as valid. The National ID, valid Passport, valid Driving
License, valid Postal ID, Railway season ticket with photo, Pensionerís
ID, Bhikku ID and a photo ID issued under any law by a Government
In addition voters who do not possess any of the above IDs or those
who are in possession of ID documents that are not valid have been
advised to obtain a special temporary Identity Card issued by
authorities, valid exclusively for the forthcoming PC Polls.
The special temporary ID is to be issued by the Grama Niladhari of
the area for voters whose names have been included in the voter
Eligible voters who wish to obtain such a ID has been advised to meet
the Grama Niladhari of the area with two copies of black and white or
colour Photographs of the size 1 1\4 X 1 at least one week prior to the
elections since applications close one week before the polls.
The temporary ID which would be valid only for the forthcoming PC
polls is to be issued free of charge. Authorities added that the
temporary ID which was issued for Local Authorities Elections-2006 would
not be valid for the upcoming PC polls.
Meanwhile, the largest election monitoring watch dog in the country-PAFFREL
welcomed moves by election authorities to fill all lacunae pertaining to
the identification process for the upcoming poll since such measures
would help effectively minimize malpractices.
The decision by authorities to print the ID number of the voter in
the polling card and moves to make the relevant Assistant Elections
Commissionerís signature on the temporary ID compulsory has been termed
as a timely move to counter a variety of allegations regarding voter