Colombo Telegraph

Not A Single Perpetrator Of Poll Violence Arrested Yet: Elections Monitors

Election monitoring bodies yesterday expressed their concern over the inaction of law enforcement authorities concerning complaints of election violence, pointing out not a single perpetrator of that engaged in election violence since the declaration of Presidential polls has been arrested so far.

Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya

Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) noted a total of nine incidents relating to election violence have been recorded so far, since the declaration of the Presidential polls, to which includes four incidents that involved the use of fire arms.

The first incident was recorded in Maggona less than two weeks ago, where a UNP supporter who was celebrating the announcement of the common candidate was shot. The most recent incident of election violence has been reported from Divulapitiya where a group of thugs had attacked the home of a resident of the Kudagammana area when he protested against cutouts of Mahinda Rajapaksa being put up before his house.

Meanwhile CaFFE also wrote to the  Mayor of Colombo few days ago, urging him to shed his immediate attention to the display of cutouts that have been put on display all over Colombo without any payment of charges.

CaFFE Executive Director, Keerthi Tennakoon in a letter to the Mayor, pointed out there are over 1800 election cutouts within the CMC limits, of which some are attached to the ground using cement and some that are even displayed within the premises of CMC properties. He has called upon his to take relevant action against these illegal hoardings, but no action has been taken so far and President Rajapaksa’s cutouts and posters continue to stare down at the commuters from every single lamp post in Colombo.

This call by the CaFFE was supported by the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) today where they sent a letter of demand to the Colombo Mayor, urging him to take immediate steps to remove illegal propaganda hoardings erected within the CMC limits. In failed to comply with the demand, the BASL has warned they would proceed with legal action against the Mayor on charges of contempt of Court, non compliance with the law and corruption.

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