Flouting laws in Moneragala reached a state of being “out of control” – Election Monitors

Flouting laws in Moneragala reached a state of being “out of control” – Election Monitors

Flouting laws in Moneragala reached a state of being “out of control” – Election Monitors

Written by Staff Writer

09 Sep, 2014 | 10:30 am

File photo from Uva Polls: Several JVP offices attacked

Election monitors point out that the flouting of election laws within the Moneragala District has reached a state of being ‘out of control’.

Executive Director of CAFFE, Keerthi Tennakoon said that the police has not been successful in implementing the directives issued by the Elections Commissioner with regard to flouting election laws.

Keerthi Tennakoon said:

[quote]The significance in the Moneragala district, in comparison to other districts of the country in which the polls are scheduled to taken place, is that we have come to understand that the district is (one in which) more incidents of flouting of election laws are being reported. The Elections Secretariat is vested with the responsibility to take action to remove such propaganda posters and hoarding by assigning state officials to carry out that task. The Elections Secretariat dismantled around 300 illegal propaganda over the past three days in the Moneragala district. Around 57 incidents relating to election law violations have been reported in the district and in all of the complaints it has come to light that the police have fallen short to ensure the security of the people and land.[/quote]

Media Spokesperson of the Network for Election Monitoring, Attorney-at-Law Chaminda Gunasekera said that reports have emerged of incidents where certain factions were engaging in propaganda activities while travelling in vehicles without number plates.

The Media Spokesperson added:

[quote]The network for election monitoring has received 223 complaints from the Moneragala District thus far. A high number of election law violations have been reported in the recent past. We have come to understand that the measures taken by the election officials and the police have fallen short of meeting the need to contain malpractices with regard to the breach of election laws.[/quote]

However, when News1st inquired about such incidents from Police Media Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana, he said that the police are taking all necessary steps to control such illegal propaganda activities.

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