» 05/12/2008, 00.00
Melani Manel Perera
Eastern provincial elections: Rajapakse’s coalition wins amid fraud
In the first local elections in the eastern provinces in 20 years the ruling party alliance wins. For Sri Lanka’s president this is a sign of popular support for his anti-terrorism policies. But opposition parties and independent observers complain about irregularities and widespread intimidations.
22/08/2008 SRI LANKA
Amid violence and intimidations two Sri Lankan provinces go to the polls
Tomorrow voters in Sabaragamuwa and North Central provinces will cast their ballots. The Elections Commission reports more than 150 attacks against candidates and parties in the last few weeks. The Congress of Religions calls for “free and fair” elections.
23/01/2010 SRI LANKA
International observers to monitor January 26 vote
Sri Lanka to elect president in a climate of increasing violence. More than 700 incidents during the election campaign and at least 4 dead. An international commission will visit the Asian nation during polling to prevent fraud and violence.
01/04/2010 SRI LANKA
Leaders of all Sri Lankan religions committed to holding free and peaceful elections
An Interfaith Coalition, which brings together representatives of the four main religions, calls on all candidates and citizens to act without violence in the elections on 8 April. The joint commitment to ensure a free vote.
04/03/2008 SRI LANKA
Election in Batticaloa a foregone conclusion
NGOs want to stop the 10 March local elections, claiming that voters are being intimidated and that the poll will only strengthen the central government’s hold over the area and militarise the local administration. The Elections Commission has however dismissed all the accusations.
08/04/2010 SRI LANKA
Shadows and irregularities cloud Sri Lanka’s "free elections"
The supervisory committees denounce censorship in the media and violence in various parts of the country. President receives support from TV astrologers. Leading personalities from Catholic and secular world express doubts over the vote. Archbishop of Colombo: protect multiculturalism and protect minorities.
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