SLHRC to monitor propaganda activities in upcoming presidential poll

SLHRC to monitor propaganda activities in upcoming presidential poll

SLHRC to monitor propaganda activities in upcoming presidential poll

Written by Staff Writer

12 Dec, 2014 | 12:19 pm

The Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission has requested the police to submit a report on the mechanisms that will be used to take down election-related banners, cut-outs and posters in the run up to the presidential poll 2015.

Legal Secretary of the Commission Attorney-at-Law Nimal Punchihewa stated that the complaints lodged by a number of groups, including election monitors, have been taken into account by the Commission.

He added that a separate team has been appointed by the Commission to prevent the misuse of state resources for election propaganda purposes.

The SLHRC met on Thursday and discussed factors that could hinder a free and fair election. The commission has received complaints from election monitors as well especially in connection to banners and posters.

Meanwhile, when inquiries were made from the Inspector General of Police, he stated that the steps will be taken to look into such matters and take down such propaganda material within a few days.

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