Elections commission will make things easy – Said polls chief

Elections commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya says he is not opposed to the setting up of an election commission.

Responding to a question by BBC Sandeshaya at a media briefing at his department this morning (2), he said an election commission would make his job easier.

He went on to say that the commission would preferably be one that has more than one member, ensuring that he would not have to face certain issues on his own.

Mr. Deshapriya also said he had strictly enforced his powers at the recent election to facilitate both the voters and the candidates.

He said the help of the police was sought over an incident in Matara only.

Answering a question about former Army chief Sarath Fonseka’s having exercised his franchise at the election, the elections commissioner said if a person is registered as a voter and there are no objections to his being a voter, he can exercise his franchise.

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