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CaFFE and CHR facilitates NICs for over 1100 persons in Uva - Paranagama and Welimada

2014 Aug 21

Although Sri Lanka has enjoyed the universal franchise for 80 years a large number of people still lose their right to vote due to easily remediable reasons said Executive Director of Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) Keerthi Tennakoon. He added that although some believe that voter education and facilitation is not needed the number of persons who attend mobile clinics to facilitate National Identity Cards (NICs) is an indication that a large number of people need assistance.

"We can't ignore the needs of the people," he said attending the inauguration ceremony of a series of mobile clinics to facilitate NICs to voters in Badulla District which was held at the Uva-Paranagama Divisional Secretariat.

"Facilitating voters and educating them is an important social need. The Department for Registration of Persons and Department of Elections have given priority to facilitate voters with NICs. We are happy to be apart of this. In addition educating the people about election laws and how to vote is essential to assure free and fair elections," he said.

Over 1100 persons were facilitated during the clinics held in Uva Paranagama and Welimada yesterday (19.) Department for Registration of Persons, CaFFE and Center for Human Rights and Research is conducting these clinics with the assistance of the German government.

Future clinics will be held in Bandarawela (August 21 and 22,) Haputale (23,) Passara (25,) Ella (26,) Ridimaliyedda (27,) Kandaketiya (28,) Dharmapala Vidyalaya, Boralanda and Wijaya Vidyalaya, Welimada (29) and Haliela (29.)

Media Unit - CaFFE

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