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  • Says LG election results are declared at the polling station; drastic drop in violence


Life-1-1By Sandun A Jayasekera

The Elections Commission was neither under obligation to issue final results of the LG polls nor was its job, Elections Commission (EC) Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said yesterday.

He added however that a booklet would be issued on February 28 including all data, statistics and information related to the February 10 polls. 

He said the EC was Constitutionally mandated to issue final results only at a Referendum and Provincial Councils, Parliamentary and Presidential polls because results of any of these polls become legally valid after the declaration of the results by the EC. At an LG election, results are declared at the polling station and all voters at the village level know the election results in a few hours after the poll. 

Therefore, the issue of releasing final results does not arise.

Mr Deshapriya told reporters yesterday that the drastic changes have to be introduced to the Local Authorities Election (Amendment) Act no. 22 of 2012 as the selection of members from two lists and nomination of 25% women members to Local Government bodies from each political party or independent group on election results had become a mess and in many instances, it was a difficult task. 
Commenting on the delay in releasing election results to the media on Saturday night, Mr Deshapriya said there was a computer malfunctioning at the computer unit at the Colombo University after entering wrong data.

“The most progressive aspect of this poll that held under the new electoral system is the sharp drop in violence.

“There has been no report of a single violence of serious nature or a death. 

Therefore, we must nurture the culture of non-violence as we did at this election and apply it to all future elections,” Mr Deshapriya stressed. 

Mr Deshapriya lamented that despite continuous awareness programmes on voting, a large number of voters had cast their votes incorrectly and as a result, thousands of votes had to be rejected and added some of the wrong markings of the ballot had been done purposely.

Responding to a journalist, Mr Deshapriya said he expected to maintain a separate register for physically impaired people numbering about two million in order to provide them assistance to vote without any hassle at an election.

“I personally intervened on Saturday to provide help to a number of physically impaired voters to vote after interacting with Senior Presiding Officers after they sought my help,” he said. 
Mr Deshapriya in response to another question said Provincial Councils polls were scheduled to be held in September 2018.

For three PCs put under governors, namely Eastern, Sabaragamuwa and North-Central elections can be held only after the conclusion of the delimitation process.