Attempts to politicise the sixth ODI between Sri Lanka and England in Pallekele on Saturday became a total flop when cricket fans hooted the stands down until presidential election propaganda was taken off giant screens.
Presidential election motto “Subha Anagathayak” appeared with his lotus flower insignia during the match, where crowds were preoccupied with giving former skipper Kumar Sangakkara a rousing farewell from Kandy.
When giant screens at the Pallekele Stadium flashed Mahinda Rajapaksa‘s election propaganda, the crowds hooted and booed until organisers were forced to remove the electronic banner.
Not even cricket and the prisons have escaped the Government’s electioneering efforts, with election monitors reporting today that prisoners in their prison uniforms were being used by the ruling UPFA coalition to carry out election work.
Pictures released by the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections or CaFFE showed prison buses and prisoners in blue jumpsuits walking the streets holding Mahinda Rajapaksa cut outs and posters. CaFFE said that the prisoners had been involved in erecting a platform for the UPFA rally in Kamburupitiya on Sunday (14).