Police seek candidates’ assistance to arrest election violators
[TamilNet, Monday, 29 March 2010, 15:07 GMT]
Sri Lanka Police Election Desk has received 201 election related
complaints including intimidations and violation of election laws till
Saturday and 128 suspects have been taken into custody. Police are now
seeking the assistance of candidates of political parties and
independent groups contesting the general election to trace
185 more suspects involved in election violence, Deputy Inspector
General of Police, Gamini Navaratne said.
Political parties and independent candidates have fielded more than
7600 candidates to be elected for the 225 member-parliament at the
forthcoming general election set for April 8. Hence it is impossible to
remove election propaganda materials erected and pasted in public
places, he added.
The removal of election propaganda material that violates election law
is steadily progressing and nearly half of the propaganda materials
have been already been removed, he said.
The police commenced an island wide campaign to remove all political
posters, banners and cut outs following a directive issued by the
Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake who has allocated Rs. 22
million for this purpose on a request made by the police department.
The police have deployed mobile road blocks, additional police patrols
and extra policemen to areas where the police have already identified
as hot spots where government and the opposition have strong presence,
the DIG said.