September 23, 2019
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    Election monitors are to pay special attention to social media in the run-up to the November 16 presidential election.Monitoring groups say they have drawn up plans to cover not only the campaign period, but also the election day events and post-election day happenings.The Center for Monitoring election Violence (CMEV) Coordinator Manjula Gajanayake said they would deploy 5,000 observers on polling day, while another 160 observers would be assigned to every electorate during the campaign period. The group would also deploy mobile units consisting of 300 observers, including 100 disabled people.

    The Attorney General’s Department says it has concluded a total number of 10,093 lawsuits over the course of this year.The Coordinating Officer of the Attorney General, State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne stated this at a media briefing.She said 6,695 indictments were directed to high courts across the country during the past eight months, adding that the Attorney General has instructed the police stations pertaining to filing 1,778 cases at magistrate’s courts.

    President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed a five-member Commission to inquire into Easter Sunday Bomb attacks on April 21and report or take necessary action.The President has issued an Extraordinary Gazette notification Saturday 21, September announcing the appointment of the Commission.The five-member Presidential Commission will be headed by Appellate Court Judge Janak de Silva and will consist of Appeal Court Judge Nissanka Bandula Karunarathna, Retired Judge of the Court of Appeal Nihal Sunil Rajapaksa, Retired Judge of the High Court Bandula Kumara Atapattu and retired Ministry Secretary Ms. W.M.M. Adikari.

    It all started after a near-fatal crash in Kantale. Non-Cabinet Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution Dr. Harsha de Silva, who was an Opposition Member of Parliament then and his friends were driving from Trincomalee during heavy rains when one of their vehicles crashed. A friend was seriously wounded and needed immediate attention.

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