Local elections campaign turns violent in Sri Lanka

The campaign for local council elections in Sri Lanka took a violent turn with at least two people were reported killed in the clashes between rival groups, a monitoring group has said.

Last Updated: Mar 06, 2011, 00:08 AM IST

Colombo: The campaign for local council
elections in Sri Lanka took a violent turn with at least two
people were reported killed in the clashes between rival
groups, a monitoring group has said.

Campaign For Free and Fair Elections (CAFFE) said that
the last three days had been the most violent.

Two deaths were reported from Peraliya in the southern
district of Galle where two supporters of the ruling United
People`s Freedom Alliance were gunned down.

There was also increased number of assault cases
reported from the south and central provinces, it said.

The election monitoring groups have expressed concern
that polling on March 17 could be one of the lowest all time
in Sri Lankan elections.

Out of the full total of 335 councils in the island,
some 34 local council elections were delayed in areas where
cricket world cup games are being hosted and some councils in
the eastern province where the full four year terms are yet to
be completed.

PTI