Guidelines for voting

Published : 9:16 am  February 9, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (348) reads | 

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 Untitled-2By Sandun A Jayasekera

The Elections Commission has prohibited taking of photographs or videoing stages of marking ballot papers or marked ballot papers inside voting centres or in polling stations or distribution or publishing of photographs of marked ballot papers through print, electronic, social or any other media.   

 

 

The names or numbers of candidates or wards do not appear on the ballot paper. You are kindly requested to mark only one cross (X) in the space provided

 

The Elections Commission issued a set of guidelines yesterday to political parties, candidates and voters to ensure a free and fair election and prevent any possible intimidation on voters at tomorrow’s LG polls.   


Accordingly, the using of mobile phones, taking pictures, videoing, having arms and ammunition within a polling station or in its immediate environment have been fully prohibited.   

 

  • Campaigning or influencing voters to vote for any particular candidate is also barred


The law enforcement authorities will also take steps to prevent smoking, using of drugs and access of intoxicated persons within the premises of polling stations. Campaigning or influencing voters to vote for any particular candidate is also barred.   


Meanwhile, Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya drawing the attention to the extraordinary gazette notification 2054 / 54 issued on January, 19, 2018 said ballot papers issued to voters at the polling station are printed with only the names and symbols of the contesting parties and the words “Independent Group” and the identification number and symbols in the case of an independent group.   

 

The law enforcement authorities will also take steps to prevent smoking, using of drugs and access of intoxicated persons within the premises of polling stations


“The names or numbers of candidates or wards do not appear on the ballot paper. You are kindly requested to mark only one cross (X) in the space provided to the right of the name and symbol of the Party or number and symbol of the Independent Group you wish to cast your vote for,” Mr. Deshapriya said. 

 
It is imperative that voters refrain from entering, drawing or writing any mark other than the cross (X) on the ballot paper since the writing of any other mark may be regarded as an attempt to reveal the identity of the voter, he added.   
 It is also announced that the Elections Commission will issue permission in writing when there is a need to take photographs or to video any special occasion or procedure inside a polling station, for the purpose of preparing official reports and collection of photographs on the poll.   


Meanwhile, Executive Director of the election monitoring NGO, PAFFREL, Rohana Hettiarachchi said the NGO had received 828 election related incidents and 961 violations of the election law. Following election related violence, 30 persons had been hospitalized by yesterday. 

 

The names or numbers of candidates or wards do not appear on the ballot paper. You are kindly requested to mark only one cross (X) in the space provided to the right of the name and symbol of the Party or number and symbol of the Independent Group you wish to cast your vote for