Polls at last; lacklustre election campaign ends tonight

  • President likely to form new government soon to start work on tackling key economic and pandemic-related issues
  • Western diplomats show keen interest in north-east politics; TNA faces tough challenges, but receives diaspora support
  • Speculation about what would happen to the UNP and Sajith’s SJB after the polls?

Most Sri Lankans have shown a lack of enthusiasm over the August 5 parliamentary elections. Yet, in marked contrast, western governments have displayed a keen interest on the outcome. Most of their diplomats have been in the northern capital of Jaffna, easily the epicentre of increased political activity. This is compared to all other districts with Colombo taking a distant second place.

At the August 5 general election, more than 16.2 million voters are eligible to vote in 13,000 poling centres. More than 200,000 state officials will be deployed on election duty at both polling and counting centres. An Election Commission spokesperson said about 10,000 health sector employees would be on duty to conduct the polls under strict health guidelines. There are around 80,000 Police officers deployed and the armed forces are on standby to be deployed in an eventuality.


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