The ballot for a Provincial Council election.
In 2010 I made a public show about why I was voting for Sarath Fonseka. However, after that I found out that I couldn’t vote. And you know what? Neither could Sarath Fonseka. My family had switched registration between residences and I wasn’t registered that year. I dunno what it was for Fonseka.
Why didn’t I/we know? Because you have to check the mail to find out if you’re registered for any given election. They come by and deliver polling cards a bit before a vote. That’s how I found out, when my name wasn’t on the card. Now they’ve streamlined the process a bit and you’ll be able to check if you’re registered online.
Sri Lankan voters will get the opportunity to surf the web to check their name in the electoral register after August 15, Elections Commissioner General Mahinda Deshapriya said today.
This is the first time the electoral register of Sri Lanka is connected to the web and latest electoral register which has been compiled for 2011 will thus be able to check on the web, he said.
So would this have helped me or Fonny? Nope. You can still only add your name to the next electoral roll, not the immediately upcoming one. And you cannot register to vote online. But now at least you can see that you’re disenfranchised online, rather than checking the mail every day.
BTW, the North-Central, Sabaragamuwa and Eastern Provincial Councils are set to be dissolved, according to the Mirror. I wonder if this new online system thus applies to them, as they may be voting after August 15th.