Investigations are being held with regards to processions staged soon after the accepting of nominations for the August 17 Parliamentary elections closed on Monday.Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said that video footage and photographs of the processions are being analysed. Local election monitors reported election law violations at several locations around the island as the deadline for accepting of nominations for the August 17 Parliament elections ended on Monday afternoon. The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) said that processions including several vehicle processions were reported after the main political parties handed over their nomination papers to the respective District Secretariats.CaFFE Executive Director Keerthi Tennakoon said that most of the election law violations were reported from Kurunegala, Galle and the Vanni Districts. He said that in the Galle District at least six processions were held in violation of election laws disregarding orders issued by the Department of Elections and the police.Tennakoon said that in the Kurunegala District several processions were held outside the town while in the Vanni District a candidate had attempted to travel by procession using over 120 vehicles from Silavathura to Vavuniya but was stopped at three locations by the police. (Colombo Gazette) He said that the police had been advised not to use force to disperse the processions and instead to take video footage of the processions and file legal action on the accused later.
With about 400m to go I was thinking I’m either second or fourth here so to come third is like ‘Oh!’. A medal is a medal and I’m happy.“There were four of us there and the last place you want to be is fourth so to get one of the others is great really. Because we were so close, everyone would have been wishing for second. Moreira had it tied up (in first place).”Added to her recent wins in Budapest, Edinburgh, Antrim and Athlone, this latest success sees Britton in terrific form heading to Bydogszcz for the World Cross in three weeks’ time.Listen to the full interview with Will Downing on Soundcloud hereBrilliant Britton takes bronze at European Indoor Championships FIONNUALA BRITTON COMES away from her first European Indoor Championships having added a bronze medal to her ever-growing collection.The Irish Olympic runner travelled to Gothenburg to compete in the 3,000m as part of her preparations for this month’s World Cross Country Championships in Poland.Having gone into the event claiming a top three finish in the finals would be a “bonus”, the 28-year-old ran an exceptional race this afternoon to clinch third.After the 12 runners were called back due to a false start, Britton found herself at the back of the pack second time out but had moved up to seventh by the halfway mark and with one lap to go found herself in fourth.Over the final 200m, she made up a remarkable amount of ground to catch the two runners ahead of her, Corrinna Harrer of Germany and Russia’s Yelena Korobkina, and was just pipped to the line by the latter – finishing in a time of 9:00.54 with Portugal’s Sara Moreira taking gold.Speaking to Will Downing after the race, Britton said: “It’s so hard to explain. Medals are so hard to get. It’s something special.