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Rejected votes at polls: EC to study reasons for increase

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

The Election Commission (EC) yesterday (10) said that they were still waiting for the report to determine the reason for the high number of rejected votes.

Director General of Elections Saman Sri Ratnayake told The Morning that the EC would receive a report on the reasons behind the number of rejected votes, but that it would take some time.

He was responding to a query asking whether the voters had rejected the voting purposely or whether it had happened as they were not aware of it.

Ratnayake said the voter turnout of over 70% was a good rate and it was even higher than that of the previous general elections.

The number of rejected votes, which totalled more than 700,000 at this year’s general election, is higher than the 249,435 votes garnered by the United national Party (UNP) and the 445,000 obtained by the National People’s Power (NPP).

The rejected votes outnumbered the former ruling party, the UNP, in almost all districts at last week’s election. The number of rejected votes in the Galle District was 35,751 while the UNP obtained 18,968 votes, and the rejected votes in Matara was 22,578 while the UNP polled only 7,651.