Dec 11, Colombo: Police spokesman Superintendent of Police Ruwan Gunasekara says the elections laws regarding the upcoming local government elections will be enforced from today as calling for nominations commenced today.
The police spokesman said 10,000 police officers will be deployed to enforce election laws and stern action will be taken against those who violated election laws.
Accepting nominations will be carried out in three stages. In the first stage, nominations will be called from today until Thursday for 93 local government bodies across 21 districts.
A police election secretariat has been established at the police headquarters and 42 zonal election officers will be functioning, the state radio reported.
Political marches are prohibited until and on the final day of accepting nominations. Posters and banners will also be banned. However, the candidates' vehicles can display a poster bearing the candidate's photograph. Loudspeaker system can be used only within the ground used for the purpose of political rallies and not beyond.
Since the GCE ordinary level examination will be held during the period of accepting nominations, election propaganda obstructing the smooth conduct of the examinations will be prohibited.
Meanwhile. additional Elections Commissioner M.M. Mohammed announced that the period for applying for postal votes has been extended to the 22nd of this month.
A separate section will be operational at the Election Secretariat to accept complaints.