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| Sri Lanka official vote result to be delayed: monitor|
| Updated at: 0927 PST, Friday, April 09, 2010|
COLOMBO: The official result from Sri Lanka's parliamentary election could be delayed by a decision to rerun the ballot in two of the country's 22 electoral districts, a private monitor said Friday.
The People's Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFREL) said voter intimidation and attempts to capture polling booths had forced the election commissioner to order the fresh polling.
"Only a couple of booths were affected, and the few thousand votes there will not make a big impact on the overall election, but we are told that the declaration of the official final result will be held up," PAFREL chief Rohana Hettiarachchi said.
The PAFREL, which is recognised by the Sri Lankan Elections Commission, said the authorities had yet to announce a date for the fresh polling.
Early results from Thursday's election showed the ruling party of President Mahinda Rajapakse heading for a comfortable victory, even without the final results from the two affected districts.