Fri, February 25, 2011
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Over 80 arrested in Sri Lanka election violence

2011-02-25 08:01:26 GMT2011-02-25 16:01:26(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

COLOMBO, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- A total of 86 people have been arrested in Sri Lanka for political violence in the run-up to the March 17 local elections, police said Friday.

Police officials said that the arrests were in connection with 73 incidents which were dominated by physical assault, verbal abuse, election offices damaging and illegal display of propaganda material.

People's Action for Free and Fair Elections, a leading Sri Lankan election watchdog said they have logged 87 cases of election related violence.

"Most of these are intra-party clashes among candidates of the same party. We wish to draw the attention of political parties to check this situation", said Rohana Hettiarachchi, the watchdog chief.

The elections originally called to elect bodies for 301 of the 335 councils nationwide have now suffered heavily by legal wrangles over the rejection of political parties' nomination papers.

Court orders have caused the postponement of elections for 85 councils.

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