25% of Voters Cast Theor Ballots in First Three Hours of Voting From 7 AM to 10 AM in All Districts of Sri Lanka; 69 Election Law Violations reported So Far.

Within three hours of the opening of polling booths in the Sri Lankan Presidential election on Saturday, 25% of the voters had cast their ballots, election officers said.

Polling began at 7 am and by 10 am local time, a quarter of the electorate had votes, they added.

According to officials on ground, most districts in the island had recorded at least a 20 to 25 percent polling.

The Center for Monitoring Election Violence said that till 10 am, there were a total 69 incidents of election violations reported across the country. A majority of the violations were illegal campaigning and voter intimidation.

The Elections Commission said voting will end at 5 pm and urged political parties to ensure a free and fair poll.

35 candidates are running for the Presidency and the winner is expected to be announced by Monday.