Multiple voting prohibited
The Elections Department has made arrangements to ensure that
multiple registered voters in the Western Province would be permitted to
vote only at one of the addresses at which they are registered,
Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake said yesterday.
The Commissioner said 2007 electoral registers of the Western
Province was prepared using the computerised system which did not
contain the security feature of the new computer software system.
As such, it was possible for a person to register at more than one
address in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara.
Dissanayake in a communique issued yesterday said:-
“Poll Cards in regard to the election to be held on April 25 have
been sent to the voters registered in the Electoral Register for the
year 2007. The possibility for a person with a National Identity Card to
register his name in more than one address in the same district has been
prevented by introduction of a new computer software system in preparing
the electoral registers commencing for 2008 in districts other than
those in Western Province.
Since the 2007 electoral registers of Western Province was prepared
using the computerised system which did not contain the security feature
of the new computer software system, it was possible for a person to
register at more than one address in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha
The poll cards prepared for this election based the 2007 register
were posted to the voters. However, steps will be taken to ensure that
multiple-registered voters would be permitted to vote only at one of the
addresses at which they are registered.
Almost 80 per cent of the registered voters registered in the 2007
register in Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara districts are not subject to
any changes in their addresses or to a disqualification. However,
instead of entering their data in the existing computer data base
directly, they were entered in the data base with the new software
system when preparing the register for 2008.
In this process, the names of persons who have been
multiple-registered in 2008 register were detected. Accordingly it was
necessary in terms of Section 12 (7) of the Registration of Electors
Act, No. 44 of 1980 to register such persons only in one address.
Those persons who were registered in the 2007 electoral register but
had applied to register at more than one address in the 2008 register
were written to in terms of the requirement in the Act. This course of
action which commenced in January 2008 is in progress.
All the Senior Presiding Officers of polling stations will be
provided with all the details of voters who have been registered in more
than one address.
A special mark will be made against their names in the electoral
register issued to polling stations.