The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) reported that there had been a rise in major incidents of election violence between 20th November and 5th January. 420 incidents of election violence with 237 categorised as major incidents while 183 as minor incidents were reported. Highest number of major incidents was reported from Jaffna District with 22 incidents followed by Badulla, Kurunegala and Kandy with 19, 18 and 17 incidents respectively. The CMEV Coordinating Secretary D.M. Dissanayake confirmed 26 incidents involving firearms and 3 incidents of petrol bombings. ‘CMEV had recorded 132 incidents of gross misuse of State resources for election purposes with excessive use of State media by the incumbent and very limited airtime for opposition candidates. A large number of incidents of attacks had targeted opposition party offices and persons connected to said offices’, he said.