Written by Bella Dalima
10 Dec, 2014 | 7:14 pm
The Elections Commissioner says a cost of 50 million rupees will be incurred on removing unauthorised propaganda material for the upcoming presidential elections.
Addressing a media briefing convened on Wednesday morning, Mahinda Deshapriya said the Police Department had taken steps to recruit over 2,000 labourers on a temporary basis to remove the illegal propaganda material.
Elections Commissioner, Mahinda Deshapriya expressed the following views:
[quote]The responsibility to remove it is vested in the Police Department. The Senior DIG in charge of elections, has issued instructions to all police stations in Sri Lanka and all Laissez faire police officers, to deploy the 2200 labourers needed for this purpose. The Elections Department will make the necessary allocations to make payments to these labourers. It could amount to as much as 50 million rupees. I believe the task of removing this unauthorised campaign material will be completed by the middle of next week.[/quote]
The Elections Commissioner also noted that instructions have been issued to all public institutions, not to act in a manner that would cause injury or disrupt any particular candidate for the presidential poll.
[quote]We have issued instructions to all public institutions, especially the state media and local government authorities which govern sports stadiums and halls, not to act in a manner that shows special consideration to any particular candidate or causes injury to another candidate. If these instructions are not adhered to, then the necessary steps will be taken.[/quote]
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