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After Sri Lanka polls, civil society groups say 'voters were threatened'

July 24, 2011 - Colombo

Civil society groups in Sri Lanka have said thousands of voting cards were confiscated and voters threatened with violence during the local elections.

There were disturbing breaches of electoral rules in parts of the north, election-monitoring groups said.

The confiscations of voter cards had been 'well organized' and very disturbing, Rajith Tennakoon, of the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections said.

He also said little transport had been provided for voters to get to polling stations. But he said that in other parts of the north - Jaffna and especially Mullaitivu, close to where the war's endgame took place, the situation was remained peaceful, The BBC reports.

The election commissioner has however said, that overall the polling went well.

New election commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya told the BBC he was very sad that a man had been killed in apparent violence within the governing party in central Sri Lanka.


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