The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CAFFE) has recorded a total of 94 cases of pre-election violence for the period July 1st to August 12 out of a total of 138 complaints so far. The district which recorded the most number of incidents was Anuradhapura with 46 while Polonnaruwa, Ratnapura and Kegalle each recorded 16 incidents.
CaFFE reports a total number of 105 confirmed incidents related to election violence. There has been a larger number of incidents reported then this number but we have not included it here without confirmation. If we look at a district based breakdown of these incidents Anuradhapura has recorded the highest amount of violence. The retaliatory nature of attacks between the main parties contesting the election suggest that there culture of impunity which operates within a collapse of law and order in connection to elections in this district. Similar confirmed incidents in the other districts indicate that there is also a parallel culture of impunity in relation to election related violence in the Polonaruwa, Rathnapura and Kegalle districts.
By Ajithlal Shanthaudaya (DN) Five JVP supporters who were arrested during a clash that took place between two parties at a protest march in Nivithigala last Sunday were granted bail by Ratnapura Magistrate yesterday.