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Sri Lanka election: On the ground report from Colombo

Sri Lanka election: On the ground report from Colombo
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First Published: Wed, Jan 27 2010. 05 31 PM IST
Updated: Wed, Jan 27 2010. 05 31 PM IST
As the election in Sri Lanka has been declared in favour of incumbent President Mahinda Rajapakse, there is a great deal of unease within the country.
Heavy military presence has been reported around the Colombo hotel in which opposition candidate Sarath Fonseka is staying, with rumours that he is not being allowed to leave. There have also been rumours that the elections chief Dayananda Dissanayake was under house arrest, and that one of Sri Lanka’s foremost private television channels Sirasa TV had been surrounded by forces. There have also been allegations of mass scale vote rigging in the Sinhala dominated South.
To get a more accurate picture of what the ground situation in Sri Lanka is, Mint spoke to the director of the Colombo based Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV).
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First Published: Wed, Jan 27 2010. 05 31 PM IST