With the deadline on election campaigning for the Uva provincial polls coming up tomorrow, the UPFA candidates have escalated their voter bribery schemes.
The most recent attempt has been the distribution of coupons to three-wheeler drivers in the Uva province to obtain petrol and engine oil free of charge as part of a scheme to transport crowds to a nearby UPFA rally. Election Monitoring body- Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) Executive Director Ranjith Keerthi Tennakoon has told media the coupons have been distributed to obtain one liter of petrol and 500 ml of engine oil free of charge at a filling station in Puwakgodamulla along the Mahiyangana road as a UPFA rally is to be held near the station.
Other ridiculous attempts at voter bribery include distribution of saucepans and chairs as well as white cloth used to sew attire worn during the observation of sil.
Meanwhile, as of Monday CaFFE has stated they have received a total of 378 complaints to which includes 267 from Moneragala and 93 from Badulla. However the figures released by the Police Spokesman’s office were comparatively lower as they claim that only a mere 56 complaints concerning election law violations and election-related violence has been reported to the Police. The Police Spokesman has stated that they have made 40 arrests so far with concerning to the complaints received on election law violations.
CaFFE noted that the JVP is the the most affected by the violence in the Uva province.