Election Commission, Election Secretariat, Sarana Mawatha, Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka. 10107
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FAQ: FOR VOTERS

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At the beginning, the electors register was prepared, only when the Delimitation Commences recommends the demarcation of electorates. But according to the provisions in the Registration of Electors Act No 44 of 1980, the revision commences on June 1, every year. An enumeration form (BC form) is delivered to every house with residents, in the months of June/ July under the annual revision programme. This delivery is generally  done through the Grama Niladharis. But in densely populated areas like Colombo, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia and Negombo, this delivery is carried out by special enumerators. The enumerating officer, collects all completed BC forms, examines every name, makes a recommendation and  sends it to the District Elections Office. The Elections Commissioner examines the documents, prepares a list of names to be deleted from the current register and, a list of names to be included and exhibits them in the District Elections Offices, Divisional Secretariats, Grama Niladhari offices, Local Authorities Offices etc. for the public to check. This exhibition is carried out for 28 days in the months of September or October. Persons whose names are not enumerated to be included can make claims on persons who are against the inclusion of anybody's name can make objections during this period of 28 days to the Registration Officer of the district or to the Assistant Registration Officer (Senior Assistant/ Deputy/ Assistant Commissioners of Elections). Inquiries will be conducted thereafter. The register will be computerized and will be certified on or before the 31st of May of following year. From year 2012, the certification of the elections register is being carried out within the same year.

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The following statutory requirements should be fulfilled to include a name in the electoral register.

i.   Applicant should be a citizen of Sri Lanka

ii.  He/ she should complete the age of 18 years

iii. He/ she should be a normal resident in the address where he/she intends to get registered

iv.  He/ she should not be a person found or declared by any court of law, to be of unsound mind

v.   Seven years lapsed after serving a prison term of 6 months or more for an offence punishable with two years imprisonment.

vi.  Seven years lapsed after conviction for a complaint of bribery

vi.  The period of civic disability is over.

There are other disqualifications such as conviction for the violation of election laws, conviction for offences of Public Institutions (Prevention of Corruption) Ordinance, and conviction for corruptions or illegal practices under the election law.

If a name is not included in the register after an inquiry of claims and objections, an appeal can be made to the District Courts against the decision of the Registration Officer

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No. It is mandatory to enumerate the name in the residence every year. Otherwise the name will get deleted.

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Yes. An extract of the house where one's name is registered can be obtained. An application with the documents supporting the request should be handed over to the District Elections Office with Rs. 80/-. However a print out of the register can be obtained as the register is available in the website of the Commission

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No, Then because are not issued extracts of the electoral registers are not required for school admissions. However information on registration on electors can be obtained from District Election Offices and Grama Niladharis and forwarded to the schools and the heads of schools will check for their veracity

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No. It is an offence to get registered in more than one place. A person can have two addresses with qualifications. But he/ she can get registered only in one address.

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Residence is essential to register as an elector. Ownership alone is not a qualification. If the house is rented out he/ she cannot get registered in the electoral register under that address.

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Tenants have all the right to get registered in the address where they were residing on the 01st of June of the relevant year. Nobody can deny that right. It is advised to inform the Elections Office in such denial.

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Valid electoral registers, names to be deleted and the names to be included are exhibited generally in the month of September and October during the revision period at Grama Niladhari offices, Divisional Secretariats, Local Authorities, and in Elections Offices. Draft register is displayed through the internet during this period. Information can be obtained through the website, and Government  Information Centre (1919) or from Tell Commission and also through face book

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Not compulsory. But in addition to exercising franchise, the electoral registration, serves many purpose of the government

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Yes. It is possible. During the appeal period of September-October after the enumeration, such person can make an appeal and get registered

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No. A representative with written authority of the person concerned  can be present.

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June 1 of every year.

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Yes. Such objection can be raised during the 28 day period falling in September / October when "A" Lists and "B" Lists are exhibited

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Yes. He/ She can get registered annually in the address where he/she was living at the time of leaving the country. The address abroad and the number of the passport should be entered in the form

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Yes. You can make a claim during the months of September and October where appeals are entertained. An objection can be raised against a name recommended for registration without residence. Inquiries are conducted with regard to claims and objections. If your request is turned down at such inquiry, a case can be filed in the District Court within 10 days after the decision is informed to you. If a name is deleted accepting an objection at an inquiry, the person whose name is deleted also can seeks legal remedy.