Letter to Commissioner of Elections to urgently address concerns voiced by voters and shared by CMEV

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27th January 2010

BY HAND, FAX & REGISTERED POST

Mr. Dayananda Dissanayake

Elections Commissioner

Department of Elections

Sarana Mawatha,

Rajagiriya

Dear Mr. Dissanayake,

I wish to bring to your urgent attention the concerns voiced by voters and shared by CMEV with regard to the counting process of votes in the 26 January 2010 Presidential Election and the announcement of the results.

In particular, we have received information regarding disruption of the counting process including physical assault of counting officers and agents of the principal opposition candidate in Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Kurunegala and Matale.  The informants insist on anonymity in the interests of their personal security and I am therefore, regrettably unable to furnish you with further details of their complaints and concerns at this moment.

Consequently, I am writing to request you to, as a matter of the utmost priority, publicly acknowledge and address voter concerns and doubts about the integrity of the electoral process and in particular, the process of counting and release of results, before you make the official announcement of the final result.

Please be assured of my cooperation

Thanking you.

Yours sincerely

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DR. PAIKIASOTHY SARAVANAMUTTU

CO-CONVENOR