Aug 08, Colombo: An election watchdog in Sri Lanka Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) has asked the Commissioner of Elections to take steps to stop brazen election law violations in Badulla district of Uva Province .
CaFFE has written to the Commissioner of Elections informing of him a large number of election rallies held in Badulla district violating election laws and directives issued by the Commissioner ahead of the Uva Provincial Council elections.
These rallies are also a violation of the agreements arrived at the meeting held between the Commissioner and the general secretaries of political parties, CaFFE pointed out.
"The election monitor kindly urge the Commissioner to take appropriate action to prevent such brazen violations of election law," CaFFE wrote.
In a report Wednesday CaFFE said that over 80 vehicles carrying ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) supporters have camped near Kandeketiya Vidyalaya, after traveling from Mahiyanganaya, violating election laws and Elections Commissioner's directives banning rallies and vehicle parades during the last two days of the nominations period.
The election monitor has urged the Elections Commissioner and DIG of Badulla to take steps to disperse the people who were blatantly violating their directives.
The Department of Elections issuing a circular on July 31, 2014 asked political parties, government officers and law enforcement authorities to prevent processions and vehicle parades during the elections period, especially during August 5 and 6 the last two days of the nominations period.
In addition the Election Department urged candidates not to disturb students sitting for the GCE AL exams between August 5 and 29 by conducing election propaganda, rallies, vehicle parades and musical shows.