Election peaceful with low incidence of law violations: Monitors

Sri Lankan Elections

Aug 17, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s 2015 general election was conducted peacefully with few incidents of election law violence, the head of the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CAFFE) said.

“We have experienced a very peaceful election day. Law enforcement has been strong and election law violations have been comparatively low,” Keerthi Tennekoon, the head of CAFFE, said.

“35 people have been arrested for election law violations, nine vehicles have been held. We have gone back to our election culture seen by our grand parents where election laws were largely observed and people enjoyed coming out to vote,” he said.

P. Saravanamuttu, the co-convenor of the Centre for Monitoring of Election Violence, said the election was relatively free and fair. Voter turnout may not be as high as the 82 percent recorded in the January election, he said.