22 April 2019
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Defence Ministry approval required for foreign poll monitors

electionForeign election monitors visiting the country to observe the Presidential election will require Defence Ministry clearance.

Defence Ministry Spokesperson Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya has said that foreign poll monitors will require a ‘special clearance’ along with a recommendation from the Elections Commissioner to visit the Northern Province to monitor the elections.

“We have not lifted the restrictions on travel to the North. Foreign nationals will not be allowed to visit the North under ‘blanket approval’ without obtaining necessary clearance from the Defence ministry,” he has told the media.

According to Wanigasuriya, the Elections Commissioner has not made any request from the Defence Ministry regarding permission for foreign poll observers to visit the North.
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