The Southern Provincial Council polls campaign is off to a violent start with election monitors reporting that the first violation involving a firearm has been reported from President Mahinda Rajapaksa‘s home base, Beliatta.
The monitors said the very first election violation had also been reported from the Hambantota District, the heartland of the Rajapaksa support base.
The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) said shots were fired at a vehicle that belongs to United National Party (UNP) candidate for Hambantota district Atula Senaratne around 3 am today (February 9.)
“This is the first election related incident in which a fire arm was used. Senaratne lodged a complaint with the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) stating that a group arriving in a vehicle fired at the cab, 50 – 4079, which was parked outside his house at Aranwala Road, Beliatte. He said that the group drove away after he switched on the lights after he heard the gun shots,” the report by the monitors said.
He has lodged a complaint with the police, the monitors sid.
Senaratne, who is a close associate of UNP MP Sajith Premadasa, said that he has been receiving threats for sometime.