The complete statement issued by the EC Chairman below:
"As at 9.40 pm today (16), the counting of postal votes had commenced. The counting is now at its final stages. However, the postal results and other related documents being circulated online are not authentic.
A minor flood situation has occurred in the Ratnapura, Kegalle and Badulla districts after experiencing heavy rains.This had hampered the efforts to bring the ballot boxes to the counting centres. Counting at some centres commenced after only after 10pm," he said adding that there might be a delay in announcing the votes.
Meanwhile, a vehicle that was transporting ballot boxes had met with an accident. However, no injuries have been caused to the officers and no damage had been caused to the ballot boxes. He said the ballot boxes were later transported safely to the Badulla counting centre.
Following the EC Chairman's statement, posts put up on websites that had extended their support to Gotabaya Rajapaksa have been removed.
Issuing a special statement, the Chairman of the Election Commission (EC) has stressed that the postal vote results being circulated on social media are false.