Local News from Sri Lanka: The Election Commission invited South Asian election observers from seven South Asian countries scheduled to arrive in the country a week before voters head for the presidential polls, Chief Electoral Officer Saman Sri Ratnayake reported. The countries of South Asia include the Maldives, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan, South Korea, Nepal, Afghanistan.
Elsewhere, four foreign election observation teams will arrive on the island to track the forthcoming presidential elections, according to the People’s Action for Free and Fair Election (PAFFREL). Rohana Hettiarachchi, Executive Director of PAFFREL, confirmed that a European Union (EU) team and a Commonwealth team are among the foreign election monitoring organisations that are monitoring this survey.
He also said that the South Asian Election Management Bodies Forum (FEMBoSA), an election monitoring group with close ties to the Sri Lankan Election Commission and the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), will also observe the Sri Lankan elections. The country’s presidential polls are scheduled for 16 November. According to some sources, three observation teams have already arrived in the country at the Election Commission’s invitation.