Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Web site of polls monitor blocked in Sri Lanka

The web site belonging to the campaign for Free and fair Elections (CaFFE), an independent polls monitoring group was blocked for nearly four days and it’s director alleged sabotage by interested parties.

Keerthi Tennakoon said they were able to open the site from early today after it was blocked over the weekend. “This was a deliberate attempt, there is no doubt o0n that”, he said.

He further warned that pre-election violence was on the rise with the worst affected area being Nawalapitiya.

“The opposition has practically given up its campaign in this area owing to threats. Even pro-government candidates from other areas are not being allowed to campaign in this area by a certain heavy weight”, Mr. Tenakoon added.

At least 36 incidents of pre-election violence and malpractices have so far been reported throughout the country.

© Times Online

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