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CMEV demands that NEC address disenfranchisement

Hundreds of residents in the Colombo District are complaining that they have been disenfranchised by local Grama Sevakas and want action taken against these officials

The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) has made a written request to the National Election Commission demanding that they address complaints made by voters in the Colombo District that they have been disenfranchised by Grama Niladharis who have omitted them from voters’ lists.

RepublicNext first reported that several long-time residents of Dehiwela had found to their amazement that they were not on the voters’ list for the Presidential poll when they did not get their Polling Cards.

One couple, Shewantha and Savithri Rodrigo, took to Social Media with this story and attracted dozens of people who have suffered the same fate.

Shewantha Rodrigo told RepublicNext that he had seen the voters’ list the District Elections office in Colombo where the GS has crossed off the names of residents depriving them of their franchise.

After that, we directed these complaints to CMEV which is currently investigating the issue.

This morning CMEV wrote to the NEC with three demands:

  • Provide an explanation for the exclusion of these names from the relevant voter lists, and make sure that there is a redress mechanism that will permit them to vote on the 16th.
  • Explain the due process by which errant Grama Niladharis are to be held accountable for these deliberate omissions.
  • Ensure that the online voter registration list is operational with immediate effect

The letter also stressed that given the urgency of the situation “and the need for immediate redress to ensure that the affected persons are not deprived of their franchise, we urge you to inform the general public as well by way of extensive publicity in all the appropriate channels.”

If you are a victim please send your details to the following email address: republicnextdotcome@gmail.com and we will convey that information to the CMEV investigators