Sri Lanka Police arrest over 100 for election violations

Oct 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police have arrested over 100 people for violating country’s election laws in the run up to the local government elections on October 08.

Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Election Security, Gamini Navaratne, has told local media that the police have arrested 127 people for election law violations and accordingly, actions will be taken against them.

The Police have received 97 complaints of election law violations so far and 60 of them were regarding illegal propaganda activity.

The election watchdog Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) says they have received 81 election violations and 11 of them are assaults.

DIG Navaratne has requested the candidates contesting the upcoming polls to pervent their supporters engaging in illegal activity.

Sri Lanka will hold elections on Saturday (08) for 23 local government bodies that were not polled at the last two rounds earlier on March 17 and July 23 this year. The 23 local bodies include 17 municipal councils, five Pradeshiya Sabhas, and one urban council.

Over 1.5 million voters will go to the polls on Saturday at 1,167 polling centers island wide. Postal voting was held on Thursday and Friday. Some 4,505 public employees were eligible for the postal vote.

All propaganda activity must come to an end by midnight Wednesday, the Election Secretariat said.

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