Secret plan to trap double voters
By Shelani Perera
A secret security arrangement has been made to prevent people from voting twice at Thursday’s presidential election, officials of the Elections Department said yesterday.

They said the arrangement involved use of different colour ink for different areas but they would not give details for security reasons.

They said tight security arrangements would be maintained in and around every polling booth with two armed police officers on guard and mobile patrols around the area with arrangements to call in the Army if necessary.

The officials said if there was evidence of widespread rigging or intimidation in any polling booth, the entire vote there would be declared void and a repoll held on Saturday.

Extra security arrangements for polling in the North-East were finalized when Elections Commissioner Dayananada Dissanayake met representatives of the candidates on Tuesday.

He said one of the special security measures would be the deployment of polls officers from outside the provinces.

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