Sept 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's election monitoring group Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) said that the Department of Elections and the Police needed to take immediate action to enforce election laws to prevent escalation of violence ahead of the elections for the Northern, Northwestern and Central Provincial Councils.
The elections are to be held on September 21 and the final rallies of the major parties are scheduled to be held tomorrow. The election campaigns are to be wrapped up by midnight Wednesday.
The CaFFE highlighted two major instances of violence reported on Sunday (15) in Central and Northwestern Provinces.
In one incident the supporters of United National Party (UNP) candidate, W.M.P.B. Warawewa were assaulted at Mahaiyawa, Kandy and a vehicle carrying his propaganda material was damaged.
A group arrived in three Defender jeeps have attacked them. Those who were assaulted identified one vehicle and the other two vehicles were reportedly running under garage numbers.
Meanwhile, Mohommad Firoze, National Unity Alliance's Chief Ministerial candidate for the Northwestern Provincial Council, was admitted to Puttalam Hospital following a group of supporters of the National Unity Alliance were assaulted when they were distributing leaflets in Kalpitiya Road, Norochcholai around 8 p.m. yesterday.