500,000 poll cards still in post offices
By N.Dilshath Banu
With just four days to go for the presidential election, nearly half a million poll cards were still at post offices yesterday with the biggest losers being tsunami survivors, an official said.

Deputy Post Master General R.D Gamini said the department had done it best to ensure the distribution of poll cards but about half a million were still in post offices.

He said the half a million poll cards were still at post offices mainly because the people concerned were not in their houses or there were changes in addresses. He said those who had not received their poll cards could collect them from their respective post offices where tight security is being maintained.

Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake has assured special arrangements would be made to give the poll cards to displaced tsunami victims but the arrangements have apparently not worked out properly.
Top postal officers in tsunami-affected areas such as Hambantota, Tangalle, Akkaraipattu and Kalmunai said any special arrangements for tsunami victims had not been effective.

An Elections Department official said tsunami victims could collect their polls cards from their respective post officers by producing even their tsunami aid card if they had lost their national identity card.

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