Abandoned ballot papers total 6,464 during DC count

By Nalin Hendurugoda

A special count that was carried out at the Puttalam District Court yesterday on marked ballot papers found in three fertilizer bags at the St. Andrew’s College totalled 6,464 votes and the Puttalam Magistrate and District Judge Ranga Dissanayake said he would give his verdict on the issue on Oct. 09.

Seventy eight of the ballot papers were in a mutilated state.

The discovery of these ballot papers in an abandoned state caused much controversy. They are part of the votes cast by voters of Puttalam District at the Sept. 21 Northwestern Provincial Council polls.

Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya has already declared that those were counted ballot papers and therefore their finding would not affect the final count. The count began in front of Judge Dissanayake at 2:15 pm and ended at 3:15 pm.

Among those who took part were Puttalam Additional District Secretary Chandrasiri Bandara with three Assistant Commissioners of Elections and District Superintendent of Police Anura Abeywickreme. A large number of candidates who contested the poll were also present.

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