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* Election Commissioner of Sri Lanka advises not to use phone messages for election propaganda
Fri, Mar 21, 2014, 11:05 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 21, Colombo: The Election Commissioner of Sri Lanka Mahinda Deshapriya today requested all election candidates and their supporters not to engage in election propaganda through phones without the consent of subscribers.

Addressing media, the polls chief said such propaganda will be regarded as a violation of the election law.

Accordingly, all private institutions which provide permanent and mobile telephone services will be enlightened to refrain from sending SMS or recorded messages through phones.

He further said the Elections Department will take legal action in court against the violators of the election law after the elections on March 29 and the media reports on pre-poll violations will be used as evidence against the violators.

The Election Chief also said that there were reports of using places of worship for election activities and the Department has requested the organizers to remove such centers. He added that legal action will be taken against those who disregarding the removal of the centers.

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