The United National Party led UNFGG alliance that supports President Maithripala Sirisena‘s good governance principles has used the state run Sunday Sinhala Silumina newspaper and the UNP Gampaha candidate Ruwan Wijewardene‘s family owned Wijeya newspaper’s Lankadeepa newspaper in an unethical propoganda drive with barely 24 hours to go for the general elections. This unethical practice is bound to cause unfavorable issues to the UPFA campaign.
The Sunday newspapers leading up to the elections carries paid advertisements in an extra cover page which looks identical to the front page and usually prints the words that it is a paid advertisement in such instances. However the Wijeya Newspaper’s Lankadeepa newspaper of today highlights that the dummy cover page is a paid advertisement in an extremely small font size. On the other hand the state run Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited’s Silumina Newspaper does not highlight the fact it is a paid advertisement.
Earlier the Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya had stated that President Maithripala Sirisena’s recent five page letter to the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa should not be used as election propaganda during these days leading up to the voting day. Both the Silumina and Lankadeepa newspapers have ignored the Election Commissioner’s orders.