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Ballot boxes dispatched to polling booths in Jaffna, Ki’linochchi districts

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 7 April 2010 12:50 No Comment]

Jaffna secretariat started dispatching Wednesday morning ballot boxes and polling cards in vehicles escorted by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and police to the polling centres in Jaffna district and to the cluster voting centres set up in Ki’linochchi district and in the islets of Jaffna, sources in Jaffna said. The ballot boxes, cards and election duty officers to Nedunththeevu were flown in a helicopter. Meanwhile, Saravanabavan, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) candidate contesting Jaffna electorate, alleged that nearly 3,000 polling cards had been snatched away by Eezham People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) men in the islets of Jaffna.

Police personnel are deployed at each polling centre in Jaffna electorate and are engaged in patrolling streets.

SLA soldiers are placed at security posts placed 200 m from the polling centres.

Meanwhile, complaints have been made to Election Monitoring Committee that nearly half the number of polling cards has not been delivered in Jaffna electorate just as it had happened during the presidential election.

Polling cards of dead persons had also been delivered in the islets of Jaffna, the complainants said.

The undelivered polling cards could be obtained until 5:00 p.m Thursday from Jaffna Secretariat and post offices in the peninsula, Jaffna Secretariat sources said.

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