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    South Asian election monitors invited – EC

    October 14, 2019

    The Election Commission has invited South Asian Election monitors from seven south Asian Countries, who are scheduled to arrive in the country, a week before voters head for the Presidential polls, Election Commissioner Director General Saman Sri Ratnayake confirmed. The South Asian countries include the Maldives, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan, and South Korea.


    Meanwhile according to to the People’s Action for Free and Fair Election (PAFFREL) four foreign election monitoring teams will arrive in the island to observe the upcoming presidential elections,). Executive Director of PAFFREL Rohana Hettiarachchi stated that a team from the European Union (EU) and a team from the Commonwealth are among the foreign election monitoring groups observing this poll.
    Speaking further he said that the Forum of Election Management Bodies of South Asia (FEMBoSA), which is an election monitoring group with close ties to the Election Commission of Sri Lanka, as well as the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) will also observe the Sri Lankan polls. The presidential polls in the country are scheduled for November 16. Three teams of observers have already arrived in the country on the invitation of the Election Commission, according to some reports.

     

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