Feb 18, Colombo: Election monitors in Sri Lanka have said that there is an increase in election law violations in the run up to the Western and Southern Provincial Council elections next month and threatened to take legal action against the violators.
The local election watchdogs, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) and People's Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) have said that they have received a large number of complaints on election law violations and election related violence.
The two election monitors say that they have received over 200 complaints while the police election unit has said that it received only 12 complaints related to the elections.
CaFFE has issued statements saying it has received 176 complaints in total, including four connected to election related violence and 156 on election law violations, which include the use of public property, involving government servants in election campaigns, job promotions and transfers, propaganda, damage to property, assaults and threats.
Executive Director of PAFFREL, Rohana Hettiarachchi has said the organization has received 43 complaints, 21 from the Western Province and the rest from the Southern Province.
According to PAFFREL, apart from informing the Elections Commissioner and the media of the violations, it will take legal action against candidates who violate election laws.