Substantial reduction in election related violence

Election monitors report a “substantial” reduction in election related violence in Sri Lanka during the run up to Presidential elections so far. Election monitors report a “substantial” reduction in election related violence in Sri Lanka during the run up to Presidential elections so far. The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) recorded 389 complaints compared to 1,483 reports of violent election incidents in the island during the 1999 Presidential election.

The improved election behaviour is attributed to the Election Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake’s tough stand to invalidate polls in the case of irregularities or violence.

However the CMEV says there is still room for a bad spate of violance before, during and after voting.

As it is, the recorded acts of violence from October 7 – November 13, included 3 murders, 3 attempted murders, 1 case of grievous hurt, 5 cases of arson and one case of abduction.

All three murder victims were EPDP supporters backing Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse.

Meanwhile, the Police also declared an unofficial curfew in Deraniyagala on the night of Sunday, Nove