All preparations were being finalised to conduct the Western Provincial Council elections on April 25. Poll cards were being distributed by the Postal Department up to tomorrow (March 17), Additional Commissioner of Elections W.P. Sumanasiri said yesterday.
The two major political parties have been accused of carrying out 50% of the major incidents of violence during the run up to the April 25 polls for the Western Provincial Council, the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) said yesterday.
Ajith Talangamaarachchi is a former member of the WPC from the JVP. He says that in his years as a member of the Council he has witnessed the poor management of public funds in the WPC. Here are excerpts of the interview:
And so they chose the Gampaha district to draw first blood as an activist of the Janatha Vimukthi Perumana (JVP) was shot dead and another wounded. While pre-poll violence continued in the Western Province, independent election observers fear the worst is yet to come.
Two UPFA MPs are on the run and absconding for their alleged involvement in a killing and the abduction of a 12-year-old boy while the opposition has charged that they have been sighted doing polls campaign work in the Gampaha district.