PAFFREL, CMEV put up complaints units for local gov’t polls

ANFREL members People's Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) and Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) have put up special units where electoral stakeholders can report election-related violence and violations in Sri Lanka.

PAFFREL set up a Special Election Complaints Unit where voters can submit complaints about violation of election laws including "misappropriation of state property and power, bribing voters, distribution of goods, especially, the use of resources belonging to local government bodies for election campaign and promotion of candidates, making new appointments, and transferring or promoting staff during the election time."

The unit can be reached through the following contact details:

General: 011-2558570/ 011-2558571
Fax: 011-2558572/ 011-2558579
Hotline / WhatsApp 075-3505245 (Sinhala Media)
Hotline / WhatsApp 075-8989104 (Tamil Media)
Email: (Sinhala); (Tamil)
Dedicated WhatsApp number for female candidates Hotline / 075-8989120

CMEV, meanwhile, also asked candidates and voters to report violence, threats or social media harassment during the campaign season as well as illegal campaigning or misuse of public property for election campaigning.

They can be reached through the following contact details:

Sinhala Medium Calls - 0112 584 051
Tamil Medium Calls - 0112 584 051

Sri Lanka is scheduled to hold local government elections on 9 March 2023.


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