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Sri Lanka poll results by midnight

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_84273279_0f16c6ad-1406-44f4-be98-10a9a6bc9de9The results of Sri Lanka’s parliamentary elections, which started today morning, are expected to be announced by midnight, the authorities said.
Polling will conclude at 4.00 p.m., following which the ballot boxes will be taken to the counting centres, the Daily Mirror reported.

The counting will begin with the postal votes.Polling commenced at 7.00 a.m and has been peaceful so far with no major incidents of violence being reported from any part of the country, polls monitors said.

However, two people believed to be the brothers of a candidate in Sabaragamuwa province’s Rambukkana district were arrested for distributing leaflets bearing the the candidate’s number near a polling booth, police said.
An estimated 75,000 police officers and special task forces have been deployed across the country to maintain law and order. Over 50 foreign observers are present at various polling booths.

Around 15 million people are expected to cast their votes at over 12,000 polling centres.President Maithripala Sirisena announced the parliamentary elections in June after he dissolved parliament just six months after being elected.

A close battle is on the cardds between the United National Front (UNF) coalition and the opposition United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA).The UNF is led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe while the UPFA has former president Mahinda Rajapakse contesting as its main candidate from Kurunegala province.

(IANS)

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Sri Lanka May Soon Introduce a GPS Tracking System to Foil Human, Drug Smuggling Via Sea

Sri Lanka to introduce GPS system to foil human, drug smuggling via sea

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The Sri Lankan Fisheries Ministry will soon introduce a GPS tracking system and a special identity card for all fishermen across the island country to prevent human and drug smuggling via the sea, a government official has said.

Fisheries Director General Prasanna Geeganage said on Monday that drug trafficking, smuggling of illegal migrants and other illegal activities were being carried out under the guise of fishing and steps would soon be taken to tackle this issue, Xinhua news agency reported.

Following the introduction of the GPS tracking system and the identity card, all fishermen who set out to sea will be required to prove their identity by scanning their fingerprints.

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The new steps were being taken following repeated requests by Sri Lankan fishermen. Pixabay

The new steps were being taken following repeated requests by Sri Lankan fishermen, Geeganage said.

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The Sri Lankan government recently said the island country had become a transit point for major drug cartels as a consequence of the prolonged illicit activities of the Tamil Tiger rebels who were defeated by government troops in 2009 following a 30-year civil conflict. (IANS)

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