CMEV on Telegram

The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) can now be reached over Telegram, a secure messaging app that’s completely free to use.

Download Telegram here (available for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows, Linux, Apple OS X).

Connect with us via +94 727772810 or by searching for our username, CMEVSL, in the app.

CMEV will continue to use WhatsApp (see here for details) to send daily updates to around 300 subscribers to date. However, it strongly encourages whistle-blowers and the general public – with information around electoral fraud, violence or vote-rigging – to use Telegram to get in touch with us in a manner that minimises risk to personal safety and security.

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As noted on the web, “Telegram is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security. Unlike WhatsApp, Telegram is cloud-based and heavily encrypted. As a result, you can access your messages from several devices at once, including tablets and computers, and share an unlimited number of photos, videos and files (doc, zip, mp3, etc) of any size”.

ALERT: Misleading information attributed to CPA

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The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) were informed this morning that a popular Facebook page had featured content attributed to CPA on the re-election of Mahinda Rajapaksa (at the time of issuing this press release, the post can be publicly accessed here). 

The post portrays a victory for the incumbent based on a survey conducted by CPA.

This is entirely incorrect.

Neither CPA nor CMEV, at any point of time, has conducted or released a survey of this nature. The content on the website is completely false and has no basis in the work or output of CPA or CMEV.

We strongly condemn these efforts to mislead the public through deliberate misinformation. 

Presidential Election 2015: Media Communique 10

On 31st December 2014 at 10.00 pm:

Electioneering under the guise of distributing rice for flood victims in Paddiruppu -Batticaloa

CMEV monitor in Batticaloa, Mr. KirubanandaSivam, informed CMEV of a meeting in Rasamanikkam Hall, Paddiruppu, Batticaloaat around 11am on 31st December where Deputy Minister of Resettlement VinayagamoorthyMuralitharan had distributed rice to families who were displaced by the floods.

Mr. Sivamwho was present at this meeting says that around 60 families who were affected by the heavy rains were offered rice. At the meeting which lasted for about an hour, Minister Muralitharan had emphasised that the rice was distributed under the guidelines of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and had requested the recipients to cast their votes for President Rajapaksa.

31st December, UPFA procession conducted by Nil Balakaya in Matara

An election procession in support of President Mahinda Rajapaksa took place near the United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) party office near Nupe Junction in Matara. According to the CMEV monitor in Matara, Member of Parliament Namal Rajapaksa, Deputy Minister of Postal Services Sanath Jayasuriya and many UPFA local government representatives along with about 1500 people had taken part in this procession which started at about 9 15 a.m. Individuals in Nil Balakaya T shirts were shouting the phrase ‘EdatthadathMahindamai. Janapaththithumata Jaya Wewa!’. The processionwhich had caused much congestion in the area and had ended in a meeting at the Sanath Jayasuriya Ground in Matara.

The Election Complaints Section at the Matara Police informed CMEV that it was not a rally but a canvasing walk where people distributed leaflets.CMEV was unable to reach the Officer in Charge.

CMEV also spoke to the Matara Urban Council Opposition Leader Upul Nishantha who said a large number of people had been transported in SLTB buses and that the procession had caused much congestion.

Images taken by the CMEV monitor indicate buses from Hakmana, Galle, Ambalangoda and Alpitiya. Alpitiya Depot Operation Assistant A.G. Suranga said that thirty to forty buses are sometimes assigned to transport people and that seven buses were used for this specific procession. He further said that no payment was made for them. However, he refused to mention who gave permission for the seven buses to be released. CMEV was informed by the SLTB head office in Narahenpitiya that that no buses were released for this particular procession and that thebuses are only released when a payment is made.

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Military could be used to ensure low voter turn-out in North-East

For many, myself included, it is difficult to imagine the Rajapaksas relinquishing office on the 9th of January consequent to a defeat at the polls. Therefore the genuine concern and speculation as to what could happen. I expect the use of the military to ensure a low turn -out in areas where there is a concentration of Tamil, Muslim and non- Sinhala Buddhist votes, especially in the North and East. We know what was done in the 2013 Northern Provincial Council election and in previous national elections. In particular, 2005.

Read the full interview with Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu here, published by Colombo Mirror.