Aug 27, Colombo: Following the attacks on several election offices of opposition political parties in the Uva Province, Sri Lanka Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya has instructed the Inspector General of Police, N.K. Ilangakoon to strengthen security in the province ahead of the Provincial Council elections.
The Election Commissioner has instructed the IGP if necessary to deploy the Special Task Force (STF) police to violence-prone areas of the Uva Province, especially the Moneragala district.
Deshapriya has requested the IGP to increase patrolling in the areas where the current security measures were not sufficient and deploy extra police personnel from other police stations to ensure security.
Senior DIG in charge of elections Gamini Navaratne has informed Uva Province Senior Police Officers in writing that disciplinary action would be taken against police officers who favor certain political parties or candidates when implementing laws relevant to the council election.
Sri Lanka's election monitor, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE), yesterday reported that armed supporters of a ruling party politician in Moneragala district had fired upon the members of Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) who were setting up a stage for an election rally for party leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake and destroyed the offices of several JVP candidates.
According to reports received by CaFFE, in the 72 hours that ended on 6 am Tuesday (26) the election monitor has received information that 21 offices of United National Party (UNP,) JVP and Democratic Party (DP) have been attacked.
Meanwhile, the Senior DIG Navaratne has informed that all illegal propaganda hoardings be removed with immediate effect and that the responsibility of doing so rested with the officers-in-charge of police stations and headquarter police inspectors.