Colombo, Sri Lanka – Polling has closed in Sri Lanka’s presidential election that has seen rising spiritual tensions and a slowing financial system take centre-stage for voters, officers say, with outcomes anticipated to be launched on Sunday.
Polls closed at 5:00pm native time (11:30 GMT) on Saturday after a largely peaceable election that did albeit see a number of incidents of restricted violence, Election Fee Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya stated.
“We’re very pleased to say we have no very critical incidents of what we’d name violence,” Deshapriya advised reporters within the capital Colombo.
Earlier presidential polls within the South Asian island nation have been marred by rioting and clashes between rival political teams.
Counting of votes was underneath approach by fee officers, and a last consequence was anticipated by Sunday night, he stated.
Earlier on Saturday, unidentified gunmen fired on a convoy of greater than 100 buses carrying primarily Muslim voters close to the northern city of Thanthirimale, about 190km north of Colombo, police stated.
Three buses have been broken, however there have been no accidents, police spokesperson Nuwan Gunasekara stated.
“Thanthirimale police is conducting the investigation, however thus far no suspects have been arrested,” Gunasekara stated. The voters safely reached their vacation spot and voted, he stated.
Saturday’s election noticed Sajith Premadasa, a cupboard minister and ruling United Nationwide Celebration (UNP) candidate, tackle Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a former defence minister and brother…