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A large number of eligible voters without National Identity Cards

2014 Aug 21

A large number of eligible voters without National Identity Cards (NICs)from the most marginalized and isolated areas of Badulla were facilitated at a mobile clinic to provide NICs, organized by Campaign for Free and Fair Elections and Center for Human Rights and Research (CHR), yesterday.

528 eligible voters without identity cards in Ella, Badulla were facilitated at the mobile clinic held in Ella divisional secretariat yesterday (20.) These voters, eligible for the coming Uva provincial council election, were facilitated with 790 identification documents and birth certificates. The clinic which was to end at 4 pm was extended to 7 pm due to the overwhelming demand.

A large number of estate sector workers and those living in isolated villages arrived at the Ella divisional secretariat by 7 am to obtain an identity card necessary to cast their vote at the coming elections. CaFFE and CHR, with the assistance of the German government had organized this clinic to assist those living in 32 grama niladari divisions in Ella divisional secretariat.

Another clinic will be held targeting Namunukula, Pupula, Ballaketuwa, Ilukpelessa, Dodangolla, Navela and Galtenhena, which are among the most isolated areas in the Ella divisional secretariat, on August 26 at Ballaketuwa Sugatha Vidyalaya. National Organizer of CaFFE, Manas Ahmad said that at least another 500 voters will be facilitated.

A series of clinics targeting Uva provincial council elections will be held in Badulla district till August 30 by CaFFE, CHR, Department for Registration of Persons and Badulla District Secretariat. This initiative is funded by the German government.

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