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Limits should be put in place for the number of independent groups able to contest elections says Executive Director of the People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) Rohana Hettiarachchi. According to him while genuine groups may exist candidates and parties use independent groups in order to have its members in polling stations. Therefore he opined that limits need to put in place to such groups as even the department of elections is facing issues in printing ballot papers due to large numbers of such groups in certain districts.

“We also must increase the surety amount from Rs. 2000 for parliamentary elections in order to reduce such groups” he said adding that however it does not mean any independent groups should not be allowed to contest.

He also said while this could be the last election held under the preferential voting system it continues to only remain a hope due to the lack luster manner of politicians in power towards its change.