Election officials to decide on re poll in the affected polling stations
The elections secretariat said yesterday it was yet to decide whether to declare the overall results of the Kandy and Trincomalee district without taking into account the votes polled in some of the polling stations where the counting was suspended or whether to hold fresh polls there.
The final results were withheld at several polling stations in the Kandy district’s Nawalapitiya electorate due to numerous incidents of election related violence while the final result of postal voting in the Trincomalee district was also withheld due to election malpractice at one of the polling stations.
Trincomalee Assistant Elections Commissioner Nishantha Pinidiya said the high level of election malpractice in the Trincomalee district’s Kumburupitiya polling station had compelled election officials to suspend the counting of votes.
“If we think the voting at the affected polling stations will not affect the final results of the Kandy and Trincomalee districts we will declare the results of the two districts or if otherwise we will hold fresh elections for those registered to vote at the affected polling stations,” a spokesman for the elections secretariat said.