Only 226 minor election violations; no major incidents reported: Polls Chief

Mahinda Deshapriya

Aug 17, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Elections Commissioner said the election held today was conducted mainly in a free and fair manner.

Speaking at a special media briefing Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said they have received 226 minor election violation incidents and at least 50 people have been arrested in relation to electoral law violations.

“We are very happy to say that we have conducted a peaceful, free and fair election. According to the Police reports and assistant commissioners’ reports, situation is so far good,” Deshapriya said.

“For the last 48 hours we have not heard any major incident. We think we can start the counting without any problem. Postal vote counting is going on now,”

“I was in this department from 1983. We have very few elections without a major incident. So this is a very significant election.” Deshapriya said.