Colombo, Polonaruwa, Trincomalee and Ratnapura were among the districts where the turnout was around 70 per cent in the Sri Lankan parliamentary elections held on Monday. Jaffna in the Northern Province was one among the areas which had a low turnout. In Vanni, the other district in the province, and Batticaloa and Ampara, both in the Eastern Province, the polling varied from 60 per cent to 67 per cent.
By 5pm polling ended and the ballot boxes from the polling stations were taken to the counting centres, which numbered 1,600. Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon, Executive Director of the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFEE), said reports of clashes or disturbances between two ethnic groups were virtually absent this time. In the Northern and Eastern provinces, members of the Army were not pressed into service to enable the polling.
The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV), a civil society organisation, in a release stated that it received some reports of violations of election laws on the day. (The Hindu)