July 01, Colombo: The election watchdog Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) has informed the Election Commission that an election candidate is promoted through the film "The Newspaper", which is a co-production of Minister Bandula Gunawardena, who is contesting under the SLPP ticket from Colombo District.
Executive Director of the CaFFE Ahmed Manas Makin said that reportedly arrangements have been made to screen the movie at all cinemas free on July 2.
CaFFE’s Executive Director points out that there is an organized purpose to gain undue publicity with a free screening on July 2 and promoting the movie.
“The Newspaper” will be screened in all cinema halls across the country from July 2 and the first screening of the film at 10.30 am will be free to the public.
Health officials, armed forces, police and journalists who support the COVID-19 prevention can view one show of the movie free producing the identity card, according to the official website of the Presidential Secretariat .
Executive Director of the CaFFE Ahmed Manas Makin says screening the movie free of charge for the public and inviting state officials for the screening is a serious violation of election laws.
CaFFE Executive Director says using the name of a candidate for the general election in the advertising of the film, will also harm the morality of election law.
Therefore, the election monitor has requested the Election Commission to look into the candidate campaign activities under the guise of the promotion of the movie and take a suitable decision.