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The newly-elected LG bodies will be convened on March 02nd

The Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government says the newly-elected local government bodies will be convened on March 02nd.  Subject minister Faizer Mustafa will issue the relevant gazette notification in due course. Ministry secretary Kamal Padmasiri says convening the new LG bodies,

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The UNP says it accepts the people's ruling at the election

UNP general secretary Kabir Hashim says his party accepts the people's ruling at the LG polls. In a statement, he describes it as a warning to his party. Mr. Hashim says the party should consider the people's ruling at length and enter an accurate and speedy journey.

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Holding the meetings and processions is totally ban until further notice.

Police media spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera says that conducting motorcades and processions is prohibited today. The violators of this rule will be strictly dealt with. He added that the election was held in a peaceful manner.  He requests the public to enjoy the election results peaceful manner.

The election monitors say that the polls were held in a free and fair manner.

National coordinator of the CMEV Manjula Gajanayake says that this the most free and fair election being held yesterday among the six local government elections held during past 27 years since 1991. He conveyed his gratitude to the all political parties, independent groups,

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The election commission says the results will be issued effectively after solving some practical problems.

Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshpriya issuing a media release says that the reason for the delay of the election results is that the returning officers has to clarify the final results obtained through the fax and telephone calls with the hard copies which obtained from the respective polling centers and divisions.

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Voting for the local government polls to take place from 7.00 am to 4.00 pm.

Voting for the local government polls will take place from 7.00 am to 4.00 pm today. 8,325 councillors will be selected to 340 local government bodies at this poll. The voting will commence at 13,374 polling centers. Over 15.76 million voters are eligible to cast their vote. Chairman of the election commission Mahinda Deshapriya says that the official poll card is not compulsory for voting, if voters have their names in the electoral register.
However, it is compulsory to have a valid identification document to cast the votes. since there is no preferential voting at this election, voters need to only place a 'cross', in the corresponding box, opposite the political party or independent group of choice. No other markings should be made on the ballot paper.
The election commission has emphasised that the use of mobile phones, taking photographs, videos, possessing of arms, smoking and the use of alcohol is completely prohibited at the premises of polling centers.
Meanwhile, over 66 thousand police officers have been deployed in view of the election. Police mobile services have also been deployed covering all polling centers. The police media spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara says conducting any sort of election propaganda activity during this period is totally prohibited.

Over 5,500 monitoring officials have been deployed for election monitoring activities.

Executive Director of the PAFFREL Organization Rohana Hettiarachchi says over 5,500 monitoring officials have been deployed for election monitoring activities. 250 mobile monitoring teams have also been deployed. Meanwhile, Executive Director of the CAFE Ranjith Keerthi Thennakoon requests voters to leave the polling booth as soon as possible after casting their vote.

Deputy General Manager of the Ceylon Transport Board T.H.R.T Chandrasiri says more CTB busses have been deployed in rural areas to facilitate transportation in view of the polls. Additional General Manager of Sri Lanka Railways Wijaya Samarasinghe states that all trains will run as usual today.

All preparations have been made for the much awaited Local Government Elections.

All preparations have been made to conduct the much awaited local government elections tomorrow. Ballot boxes and ballot papers will be dispatched with election officials to all polling stations this morning. Voting begins at 7.00 am tomorrow.
Chairman of the Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya, explaining on the method of voting stated that since there is no preferential voting at this election, voters need to only place a 'cross', in the corresponding box, opposite the political party or independent group of choice.
He further stated that it is compulsory for all public officials and employees deployed on election duties to report for their respective duties without fail. Information has surfaced that certain officials scheduled to be deployed on Elections Duty are attempting to keep away from their duties, giving unjustifiable excuses. It has also surfaced that there are attempts to refuse releasing vehicles necessary for the conduct of the election. Mr. Deshapriya points out that in the constitution itself it is stated that all public officials are under obligation to function upon the directive issued by the Elections Commission in order to conduct an election effectively. Those violating this obligation can face a fine of 100,000 rupees or a three year prison sentence or both. He expressed his confidence that all public officials including school principals and teachers will provide their fullest support to make the Local Government Polls a success.

A special programme to eliminate Corporal Punishment meted out to children in all settings.

The National Child Protection Authority has initiated a program to eliminate Corporal Punishment meted out to children in all settings. Chairperson of the Authority, Attorney at Law, Marini De Livera says, the authority hopes to sensitize Principals and Attorney at Law Teachers on the contents of the circular relating to the Right of the Child to Protection from Corporal Punishment. Awareness Raising methods such as street-drama, interactive workshops and discussions will be used to create public opinion on this mode of cruel and degrading form of punishment. The National Child Protection Authority calls on the general public to inform the authority through its 24 hours child-line ‘1929’, if children are being subjected to this type of institutionalized and systematic violence. The recently released Concluding Observations of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, highlights the need to combat corporal punishment in the home, in alternative care settings, in penal institutions, as well as in schools.

Venerable Professor Bellanwila Wimalarathana Thero bids farewell to the nation.

President Maithripala Sirisena participating at the final rites ceremony of the late Venerable Professor Bellanwila Wimalarathana Thero stated that the Thera made a magnanimous contribution to the Sangha.

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