Oct 17, Colombo: A petition has been filed in the Court of Appeal seeking an order preventing the display of posters, banners, cutouts and publicity material on streets and public places during the presidential election.
The petition was filed by the Center for Environmental Justice naming the Central Environment Authority (CEA), the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Attorney General as respondents.
The petitioners state that the posters, banners and cutouts of candidates during the presidential election can be displayed in public places only in accordance with accepted rules.
The petitioners point out that public displaying of such propaganda material in public places outside the law can cause serious environmental damage.
The petitioners' organization alleges that although the Central Environmental Authority had previously issued a set of guidelines for the prevention of visual pollution caused by displaying posters, cutouts and banners in public places, it has not been implemented yet.
Therefore, the petitioners have requested the Court of Appeal to issue an order to the respondents including the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) and the IGP to prevent the display of posters, cutouts and banners in public places in violation of the law during the presidential election.