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Electronic voting system to be introduced soon – Dinesh

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The Government is likely to introduce the Electronic Voting System to Sri Lanka in the near future, Water Supply and Drainage Minister Dinesh Gunawardene disclosed in Kandy yesterday (03). The Electronic voting system is a panacea for many problems connected with elections, Gunawardene said.

Electronic voting, apart from being a simple voting procedure, eradicates corruption and reduces delays in releasing results, the Minister said adding that the system was successfully implemented in countries such as India and Bangladesh.

Minister Gunawardene addressing the media after calling on the Mahanayakes of Malwatte and Asgiriya said that the Parliamentary Election held recently was the most peaceful and corruption free election. It was the result of making the National Identity Card compulsory for the voter.

Amendments to the Election Law would be soon introduced to Parliament for holding the local government election under the ward system, the Minister said.

He said that he was confident that the government would have the two third majority in Parliament because several groups and MPs were in support of the government headed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to effect development programmes to the country after the end of a thirty-year-old war.To coincide with 1st anniversary of defeating terrorism.

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