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Sri Lanka Elections Commissioner orders IGP to take action to curb election law violations
Sat, Mar 13, 2010, 11:18 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Mar 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dishanayake had ordered the police chief Mahinda Balasuriya yesterday (12) to remove all illegal banners, posters and cutouts by March 15th and to take in to custody the Sri Lanka Transport board (SLTB) buses that display advertisements of various political candidates.
The Election Commissioner had issued this directive when he met with the secretaries of political parties contesting the general election yesterday. IGP Balasuriya also participated in the meeting.
The IGP had informed Dishanayake during the discussion that the police department is faced with the problem of finding the necessary manpower to remove all the election displays. The Election Commissioner had then requested all party secretaries to educate their respective candidates of the election laws and to request their candidates to remove all posters.
The ruling UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha had pointed out that posters were the best method to inform the public of the candidates and their preferential numbers as advertising through the media costs a lot of money.
It was finally agreed by all the representatives at the meeting that one party office be set up for each polling booth and that posters, banners and cutouts of the candidates be displayed within that office premises.
DNA representative, Anura Kumara Dissanayake had requested the Elections Commissioner to look into the functions of the state media to ensure its impartiality during the election period.
The Election Commissioner had said he would raise the matter with the state media heads when he meets them next week.