Written by Staff Writer
02 Jul, 2015 | 11:23 am
PAFFREL says that it has requested the Elections Commissioner to take the necessary measures to prevent the misuse of state vehicles and property in the run up to the upcoming elections.
Executive Director of PAFFREL, Rohana Hettiararchchi said that a written request was made to the Elections Commissioner in this regard on Wednesday. He said:
When we spoke to the Elections Commissioner yesterday we requested him to take all possible measures to prevent the misuse of state vehicles and property in the run up to the elections. Our request to the Elections Commissioner was to exercise the powers vested in him as per the 19th Amendment. We also spoke to the Elections Commissioner about preventing the misuse of state vehicles by ministers, and for ministers to return their vehicles. State vehicles were misused by politicians at the provincial council and at Pradeshiya Sabhas during previous elections. We requested that stringent measures be put place to prevent such malpractices this time around.
Meanwhile, the CAFFE has pointed out that the people are vested with the responsibility of exercising their franchise to prevent the corrupt from entering parliament.
Executive Diretor of CAFFE, Keerthi Tennakoon also noted that a number of incidents relating to elections violence has been reported.
He added that with the announcement of a general election there were number of incidents that were reported on the vandalising of property and altercations including a murder. A murder was reported in Nivithigala, Ratnapura. Primary evidence indicates that this had taken place as a result of an issue surrounding a political agenda.
Two individuals were attacked with a knife while pasting posters in Mahiyanganaya. A number of incidents surrounding the destruction of massive cut outs as well vandalising of structures were reported in Anuradhapura and Kurunegala
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