22 November, 2019

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Poll Related Violence: Lower In North Than In Other Two Provinces

A recent study of of pre-election conditions in the Northern Province by the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) found that poll related violence was lower in the north than in the other two provinces that will poll next Saturday and that people in the region did not foresee major impact on their long term way of life.

Dr Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu - Co-Convenor CMEV

The CMEV study published on 13 September analyses people’s attitudes towards elections in general and the obstacles, if any, to ensuring a free and fair election in the unique socio-political circumstances prevalent in the five districts of the Northern Province.

The study found that although the level of enthusiasm for elections, specific concerns and the experience of individuals varied from one district to the other and even between urban and rural areas in the same district, there were several recurring themes which were common across all districts. The CMEV highlighted these themes as Military Involvement in the Electoral process, issues relating to the Electoral List,  Lack of awareness amongst voters, abuse of Government Property/ Resources and election related violence.
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