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* Sri Lanka elections monitor writes to IGP over vehicle parades by political parties
Wed, Feb 5, 2014, 08:02 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 05, Colombo: An elections monitor in Sri Lanka has written to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) calling on the Police Department to take strict action against persons who violate election laws.

The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) wrote to the IGP today (February 5)) saying that political parties were planning vehicle parades on the streets on the final day of nominations, which falls tomorrow (6).

CaFFE Executive Director, Keerthi Tennakoon said in the letter that the police should not allow such vehicle parades to take place tomorrow as it is a violation of election laws.

Such vehicle parades are also believed to cause clashes among opposition political factions resulting in election related violence.

The monitor also wrote to the IGP requesting him to take action against the use of vehicles with garage numbers for electioneering.

Earlier CaFFE observers monitored that UPFA candidate Jagath Kumara used a vehicle with a garage number plate to hand over his nominations at Colombo Registrar's office today.

"CaFFE observed that a large number of vehicles with garage numbers were deployed during the previous provincial council election. In addition a lot of vehicles with false number plates were also used and these vehicles were also used in incidents of election related violence," the letter read.

Using vehicles with garage number plates is also an offense under the motor traffic act.

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