30 October, 2020

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Govt Ran Ads To Influence Postal Voting: Polls Monitors

Independent election monitors have written to Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya slamming the Public Administration Ministry for running a full page advertisement entitled Abhiman Mehewara or ‘Proud Service’ aimed at public servants on September 9 saying it aimed to influence public servants during two days of postal voting.

P.B. Abeykoon, the Secretary to the Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs

In a letter to the Commissioner, the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) said the advertisement had featured themes, colours and symbols of the ruling party and was a clear attempt to promote the UPFA.

The advertisement was estimated to cost about Rs. 200,000 and was published in the Lankadeepa newspaper, CaFFE said. Published by the Public Administration Ministry with a picture of the Ministry Secretary, the advertisement was paid for by the Ministry using the peoples’ tax money, CaFFE told the Elections Commissioner in a letter.

“The advertisement published on the day postal voting commenced targets public servants and was an attempt to influence public servants,” the polls monitors charged in a media release.

The polls monitors have called on the Elections Commissioner to consider charging the Secretary to the Ministry of Public Administration personally for this advertisement.

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    It is common knowledge that none of the Elections held so far in this corrupt lawless Banana Republic are free and fare. The crazy Jokers openly violates all the Election Laws and losers are elected winners. Please do not treat all citizens of this Nation are uneducated buffalos who vote them to power even when they shoot to kill innocent unarmed civilians who asked for clean drinking water. If they vote or not, the Jokers win the Elections. God save our former democratic Sri Lanka.

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      The whole world is full of banana REPUBLICS. Even the US and UK who you people use as standards are used to cheating votes and voters. Remember that both Labour and Tories in England get fed by illegal funds and they sell peerages or places at dinner tables for lobbying.
      The BTF and the GTF are in the thick of things – so let human frailties be attached to everyone in politics and also journalists who are ambitious to get somewhere when the oppositions get into power.
      Have any of you heard of Rupert Murdoch? He dictated terms for the Zionists in the so called “Free World”. Get real.

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    Who pained the election symbol on the highway and who told them to remove
    Same mocary Mahinda Regime

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    Abeykoon should be interdicted,charge sheeted and a preliminary inquiry held for this serious offence – in terms of the Establishments Code.

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