Presidential election: Violence during voting in Sri Lanka, attackers set two buses on fire filled with voters

Nov 16 2019 11:18 AM
Presidential election: Violence during voting in Sri Lanka, attackers set two buses on fire filled with voters

Colombo: Sudden violence erupted in Sri Lanka amid voting for the presidential election. Unidentified gunmen opened indiscriminate firing on two buses carrying voters in Sri Lanka's Mannar district on Saturday. "Police have reported that no voter has been injured and an investigation into the incident has been initiated," reported Xinhua.

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Voting for the presidential election continues today across the country. Voting is being held from 7 am to more than 12 thousand polling stations to elect the 8th President of the country. The election is a key contest between former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and ruling party candidate Sajit Premadasa. A total of 35 candidates are in the fray for the election. About 1.5 crore voters will cast their votes. Currently, Maithripala Sirisena is the President.

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Earlier on Friday, the Election Commission of Sri Lanka (EC), during the presidential election, appealed to voters not to take photographs or videos inside polling stations, stating that violators would be dealt with severely. The Daily Financial Times quoted EC chairman Mahinda Deshapriya as saying, "This is a secret ballot and no one should take photographs of their marked or unmarked ballots and put them on social media."

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