Category: Inclusive Electoral Process

The project envisages advocacy based on the Best Practices identified in SAHR’s book entitled ‘Inclusive Electoral Process’, including consultations with Parliamentarians, CSOs’ and the Media. It also would involve the release of these best practices to authorities and a lobby for its adherence. More specifically SAHR will survey how minorities are affected during election time and monitor how the process is being misused and the findings would be used to revise the guidelines on ‘Inclusive Electoral Process’

Minorities and Inclusive Electoral Processes in Sri Lanka

This publication is a compilation of findings and crosscutting issues in the ‘country situation reports’ from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka were commissioned by South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) as part of a project on minorities and inclusive electoral processes in South Asia. The overall objective of this publication is to throw light on the challenges faced...

Sri Lanka: High rejected votes due to lack of voter education – monitors

By Ali Naafiz Election monitoring groups which acted as observers in Saturday’s local government elections has blamed the lack of voter education for the high number of rejected votes from the once war-torn northern districts. Mr. Rohana Hettiarachchi, Executive Director of one of the main election monitoring groups, People’s Action For Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL), told the Sunday Times...

Sri Lanka: Disabled people can vote now

A provision had been made for a differently abled person to be accompanied by another person to assist in marking the ballot paper, the Elections Department announced yesterday. Issuing a statement the department said that the new provision would be applicable to the forthcoming Local Government elections (2nd phase).

EU Concerned About Violence in SL

By Dianne Silva The European Union Heads of Mission are deeply concerned by the election related violence reported in the country, according to a statement released by the delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives yesterday. “The EU Heads of Mission based in Sri Lanka are deeply concerned by the pre-electoral violence in Sri Lanka which...

Sri Lanka: NEM-IHR Claims Election Process in Crisis

By Yohan Perera The Network for Election Monitoring of Intellectuals for Human Rights (NEM-IHR) yesterday alleged that the local government election for 2011 had gone into crisis mode with the postponement of polls in a large number of local bodies. NEM-IHR Deputy Executive Upali Pannilage told a news conference yesterday, that the postponement of elections in more than 70 local...

Sri Lanka: Tribulations in the Run-Up to the Local Government Elections

By Sumaiya Rizvi The much awaited and spoken about local government elections will be held on March 17. Deputy Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Indika Bandaranaike stated that the elections should be held before March 31, leaving room for the Prime Minister who announced a date outside his authority. Finally the Elections Commissioner, the sole authority, announced that...

Sri Lanka: Vote for Women, Says NGO

By Sumaiya Rizvi and Lumbini Karandana The Women and Media collective, an NGO promoting women’s rights requested female voters at the upcoming local government election to cast at least one preference vote to a woman candidate. A total of 25 women candidates were nominated from the main political parties for the local Government elections from five districts after some of...

Sri Lanka: Low Voter Turnout Predicted

Election monitors today predicted that the voter turnout at the upcoming Local Government elections will be lower than usual due to the recent floods and the peoples mistrust in the election process. Peoples Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) Executive Director, Rohana Hettiarachchi said that the voter turn out during local government elections which is normally lower than that...

Sri Lanka: Law to Help Disabled Voters

By Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera The government yesterday introduced legislation in Parliament to make provision for a disabled voter to be accompanied by a person when voting at elections. The new Bill which was presented in the House would be taken up for debate soon. The Bill provides for the accompanying person to make the ballot paper as directed...