Dec 28, Colombo: Senior officials of Sri Lankan government, governors and other government officers are openly campaigning for President Mahinda Rajapaksa blatantly violating election laws, the election monitors in Sri Lanka complain.
Many government officers have clearly ignored the orders given by the Election Commissioner not to involve in election campaigning and the election officials have become powerless to prevent such violations, the local election monitor Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) says.
Speaking to the BBC Sinhala Service, CaFFE Executive Director Ranjith Keerthi Tennakoon pointed out that in a clear violation of election law, Treasury Secretary Dr. P. B. Jayasundera and Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa are scheduled to speak tomorrow at a meeting on "Mahinda Chintana - Lowa Dinana Maga" organized by the ruling party MP of Galle District Manusha Nanayakkara.
The CaFFE Director said election violence has been steadily increasing and so far more than 600 incidents of election law violations have been reported to the organization. Out of those violations 54 are violent incidents, and most of those incidents were attacks by the ruling party supporters on the common opposition candidate's people.