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    Several major areas in the Eastern province affected by large scale rigging at today s polls Alladin Hussein in Colombo, April 2, 2004, 11.56 p.m.. Muslim
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      Several major areas in the Eastern province affected by large scale
      rigging at today's polls

      Alladin Hussein in Colombo, April 2, 2004, 11.56 p.m.. Muslim
      dominated areas in the Eastern province were also affected with
      election related intimidation. The country's main Muslim political
      party, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and the United Peoples
      Freedom Alliance (UPFA), which is led by President Chandrika
      Kumaratunga were allegedly the two culprits who had made various
      attempts to rig the polls in Pottuvil, Kalmunai, Sammanthurai,
      Oluvil, Akkaraipattu, and several other areas in the Ampara district.
      While the SLMC accused the UPFA of large scale rigging in forms of
      ballot box stuffing, assault and harassing of voters, the UPFA in
      turn also accused the SLMC of the same.

      UPFA candidate A.L.M. Athaullah and his gang is alleged to have gone
      to the Al-Hamra polling centre in Oluvil today afternoon and had
      tried to stuff ballot boxes. However the officer in charge had
      prevented this act. "Athaullah's gang had then attacked the polling
      officer and had fled the scene," the SLMC election secretariat
      stated.

      However the UPFA accused SLMC supporters of hacking one of their
      strong activists with an axe. The victim has sustained serious
      injuries and has been admitted to the Ampara hospital. The incident
      had taken place in Akkaraipattu. Another UPFA supporter was also
      injured in the incident.

      Meanwhile UPFA national list nominee Anver Ismail and his goons is
      alleged to have attacked voters and tried to stuff ballot boxes in
      Sammanthurai. The SLMC also claimed that the UPFA candidates Anver
      Ismail and M. Hareez accompanied by large number of masked persons,
      had entered polling boots, assaulted and intimidated the voters.

      The SLMC also alleged that these UPFA mobs had carried firearms and
      other offensive weapons to intimidation the voters and polling
      officials. The UPFA sources in turn alleged that the SLMC had got
      down 50 underworld members, to intimidate voters into casting their
      ballot in favour of the SLMC, so that they will secure the Ampara
      district. Some SLMC members had even gone to the extent of chasing
      polling agents, the sources added.
      Published: Fri Apr 2 13:01:21 EST 2004

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