Opposition concerned about polling day mischief
UNP Chief Minister candidate Harin Fernando has expressed concern about a decision by the Elections Department to keep reporters out of the Government Information Department during the transmission of results.
Elections Chief Mahinda Deshapriya says the first results will be released by midnight.
Standard practice is for television reporters to be stationed at the Information Department, where the results are first transmitted from the Elections Secretariat in Rajagiriya.
However, elections officials said this time the results will be transmitted to the studios through email and the official Government news portal, www.news.lk, once they are released.
The new system is worrying the main opposition party, which claims there could be a break down in transparency in the transmission process as a result of the decision.
“It creates a doubt in our minds, as to why this decision has been made only at this election,” Fernando charged during a news conference in Badulla.
He said Opposition parties were already brainstorming to put a joint mechanism in place to protect the ballot boxes throughout polling day and during the counting.