July 07, Colombo: The Election Commission has notified politicians and political activists that it is prohibited to canvass or distribute leaflets in public offices and institutions.
A statement issued by the Chairman of the Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya today said it is prohibited to canvass or distribute hand bills or do any such other thing or to conduct meetings in any Public or Provincial Council office or any government school or any local government office or in any institution belonging to any State Corporation or Statutory Board for and on behalf of any candidate contesting the parliamentary election.
“Therefore, it is notified hereby to all politicians, political activists and trade union activists that it is mandatory to abstain from such activities.”
The release further said that it shall be the responsibility of the Heads of Public or Provincial Council offices or government schools or local government offices or State Corporations or Statutory Boards or of their Sub-offices to allow no room to commit any such illegal activities within the office premises under their control.
“I wish also to invite your attention to Paragraphs 2:4 and 2:5 of Chapter XXXII of the Establishments Code in this regard.”
“In this connection, your attention is hereby invited to the contents of the Gazette Extraordinary No. 2178/29 dated 2020.06.06 of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka on the directions to prevent the misuse of movable or immovable properties belonging to the State, State Corporations or Statutory Boards during the period of an election for the promotion of or in prejudice to any party, group or candidate or obstructing the conduct of free and fair election, issued by the Elections Commission,” the Election Commission Chairman said.