Ghostbusters

Sri Lanka on Friday announced measures to prevent voters impersonating the tsunami dead as well as special arrangements for those displaced by the calamity to vote in November’s presidential elections. Sri Lanka on Friday announced measures to prevent voters impersonating the tsunami dead as well as special arrangements for those displaced by the calamity to vote in November’s presidential elections. Elections’ Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake said polling cards would be made out to those believed to have perished in the December 26 Indian Ocean tsunami but they would be specially marked to indicate the voter was dead.

The problem arose because the voter register to be used for the November 17 election had been completed before the tsunami and contained the names of thousands of people who were killed by the thunderous waves.

With the collaboration of various local officials, the elections commission has been able to identify many of those who had died but due to the vast numbers involved, mistakes could be made.

“Even if (a) voter gets a polling card indicating that the person is deceased, that person can go to the polling station, establish his or her identity and vote,” Dissanayake