Owing to the Police inaction against the ‘mysterious’ vehicles that are driven in the vicinities of the Uva province, election monitoring body – Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) has noted vehicles bearing fake number plates that have been deployed to engage in voter bribery.
Although the deadline for election campaigning expired on Wednesday, CaFFE states that the vehicle seen in the image below was observed driving around in the Keppetipola area at about 2.10 pm today (19th Sep) – particularly making stops near mosques in the area and distributing cheques while begging for votes.
CaFFE states that this vehicle was also seen with a fleet of 32 other vehicles that has been driving around the Welimada electoral zone, making stops door to door and promising to provide sewing machines upon securing a win at the Uva provincial polls that is scheduled to be held tomorrow.
Meanwhile, CaFFE also notes that by the final day of the election campaigning that fell on Wednesday, a total of 424 incidents of election violence have been recorded to which includes 305 from Moneragala and 100 from Badulla as well as 19 from both districts.
The ruling party candidates have been committing a majority of the election law violations and election related violence, to which includes misuse of public property such as using government buildings to hold meetings. On Thursday, just a day after the campaigning deadline expired election monitors noted that buses owned by the Sri Lanka Transport Board were deployed for propaganda activities and to distribute goods among people in Uva.
The widespread use of unregistered vehicles was also an issue that was heavily highlighted by election monitoring bodies. Candidates were using these vehicles to deploy thugs to spread fear in the area and to attack opposition offices and supporters.