The election campaigning material used at Uva Provincial polls have been growing increasingly ridiculous, with certain candidates contesting at the upcoming polls distributing white clothes (material used to create attire in which sil is observed) with their preferential numbers printed on them.
This fact had been disclosed by the Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya himself at a media breifing this week where he had stated that the material had even been distributed among non-Buddhists in the candidates’ desperation to promote his election campaign.
This is only one of the devious attempts used particularly by UPFA candidates at the upcoming Uva PC polls to promote themselves as the implementation of laws pertaining to ilegal election campaigning material have grown stricter. Colombo Telegraph recently revealed the manner in which UPFA candidate and close relative of President Rajapaksa, Shashindra Rajapaksa had distributed water bottles with stickers bearing his picture and party symbol.
Although he had not mentioned particularly names, Commissioner Deshapriya had stated that even water bottles had been used as election campaigning material by certain candidates and that they had even been distributed to monks upon offering them alms.
Meanwhile, despite IGP’s promise to bring the violence reported from Moneragala under control, two offices of the JVP candidates had been attacked this morning just hours after his promise.
One attack had taken place early this morning in the Veheragala area of the Moneragala electorate. A gang in a white van had arrived at the JVP office at about 2 am and had destroyed the cutouts displayed in the office. They had also threatened those who were in the office and had ordered them to leave as they will not be allowed to engage in politics in the area.
The second incident had taken place in Kahambana at about 3 am.
As of today, a total of 330 complaints have been received by the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) nad 236 of them have been reported from Moneragala while 77 of them are from Badulla. 57 incidents of violence had been reported from Moneragala while 14 had been reported from Badulla.