Press conference on election monitoring of Jaffna Municipal Council, Vavuniya Urban Council and Uva Provincial Council elections

The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) cordially invites you to attend a press conference on election related violence and pertinent issues related to the Jaffna Municipal Council, Vavuniya Urban Council and Uva Provincial Council Elections.

The press conference will be held on 19th August 2009 at 02.30pm in the auditorium of the National Library and Documentation Services Board, 14, Independence Avenue, Colombo 7.

The final monitoring report of election related violence at the Jaffna Municipal Council and Vavuniya Urban Council will also be released at the press conference.

Please contact Ajmeer at ajmeer@cpalana.org or on +94 773 731304 for more information.

Eastern Provincial Council Elections, May 2008 – Recommendations of CMEV

  • The conduct of the election clearly reinforces the urgency and pivotal importance of implementing the 17th Amendment to the Constitution in full.  This entails the reconstitution of the Constitutional Council and its nomination of members to independent commissions, including commissions for the Police, Elections and Public Service – all of which have key responsibilities for the conduct of free and fair elections.
  • The serious problems observed by monitors regarding the conduct of the Police and officials responsible for the conduct of a free and fair election demands this.
  • Political parties need to ensure that their Polling Agents are present in the Polling Stations and are not deterred in fulfilling their responsibilities by threat, intimidation and assault prior to Polling Day and on Polling Day.
  • The procedures agreed upon with regard to Voter identity and the required documentation with regard to this, must be clearly communicated to the officials in the Polling Stations and strict implementation ensured. IDs required for voting must be such that they cannot be easily forged.
  • Given the violence and malpractice that takes place outside of the Polling Station and the impact it has on the exercise of the franchise, procedures must be put in place to ensure that reports of these violations are taken into account when considering whether annulment and re – polling is necessary.
  • Steps should be taken to ensure that the detailed reports of election observers/monitors stationed in Polling Stations can be received by their organizations in time to be communicated to the Election Commissioner, before the counting of votes commences.

Media Conference on election-related violence – Eastern Provincial Council Election, May 2008

A MEDIA CONFERENCE TO PRESENT FINAL REPORT ON ELECTION-RELATED VIOLENCE, EASTERN PROVINCIAL COUNCIL ELECTION – 2008 WILL BE HELD AT 3.30 PM TODAY (12TH INSTANT) AT LIBRARY SERVICES AUDITORIUM, INDEPENDENCE AVENUE, COLOMBO 7.

PLEASE BE KIND ENOUGH TO SEND A RESPRESENTATIVE OF YOUR MEDIA ORGANISATION.

 

DR.PAIKIASOTHY SARAVANAMUTTU

MR. UDAYA KALUPATHIRANA

MS. SEETHA RANJANI