Polls monitor blames lax post-election policing for violence

By Rathindra Kuruwita 

Post-election violence kept rising, polls monitor, Manjula Gajanayake, the National Coordinator of the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) says.

He warned there might be serious incidents of political violence in the coming days.

"The pre-election and election periods were peaceful as the police did an excellent job in maintaining law and order. However, it seems that the police have lost the grip," the monitor said.

Gajanayake said the number of victory parades and intimidation of supporters of other parties had increased during the last 24 hours. During those victory rallies, often held by candidates who believe that they would become chairmen of local councils and those who attended those events threatened their political opponents.

"One of the things we have noted in the last few elections is that violence often occurs during illegal political processions and when people start acting in a provocative manner.

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