Poster removal by police, photo by Perambara
Commenters and some bloggers have made valid complaints that I’m using this blog to campaign after the deadline. I’ve tried to avoid overt campaigning, but I guess they have a point. I’ve tried to restrict my commentary for the past few days to a peaceful election, but I am sitting in the UNP office, which is pretty partisan. I’m only reporting on election violence, a lot of which is absolute hearsay. So here is a grain of salt.
The election has been generally peaceful. Appalling by most international standards, but better than most elections and reasonably well monitored. There are a ton of allegations going around, but no photos and all unconfirmed. I’ve tried to make that clear that these are just things I’m hearing, I can’t confirm any of it. It’s more just a record in case stuff goes wrong.
I am embedded in the UNP war room, but I think someone could just as easily be embedded with the SLFP. I’m just here cause that’s where the information is coming in from the polling monitors. I’m making it public just to get it out there and hopefully discourage actual fraud from happening, though any effect is tiny and more just from having it in the record. I am, however, a UNP and Sarath supporter and you should be aware of that.
Is it campaigning?
I dunno. I think the goal is to just ensure that people can vote, not necessarily to vote in any particular way. I’m also not a part of the SF campaign, and I think bloggers and citizens can continue talking about the election, even during the election. But please, these posts are just a stream of information coming in, not very processed. It’s like drinking from a hose and I don’t trust any information I’m getting, it’s an atmosphere of great uncertainty. Please take this blog critically, and with a grain of salt.