As officials brace for possible oil spill after ship sinks, anxious residents say tragedy a ‘double whammy’ after COVID.
Island nation commemorates attacks that saw six churches and hotels bombed, killing more than 265 people.
Results of the vote, held amid heightened religious tensions and stuttering economy, expected to be announced on Sunday.
Shortly before polls open, gunmen fire on buses carrying mainly Muslim voters but no casualties are reported.
At least 139 violations, including two cases of assault and 41 of intimidation, reported by midday on Saturday.
Former defence chief Rajapaksa’s supporters stir ethnic tensions as he takes on the ruling party’s Premadasa.