Action against illegal propaganda

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The police will take action against those contesting the Local Government elections if they use illegal election propaganda such as posters and hoardings during the election process, police spokesman SP Prishantha Jayakody said.

He said that some candidates have already begun putting up posters in many districts. “The police have begun removing the posters and will take action against those persons for such acts according to the law when necessary,” SP Jayakody said. He said however that there isn’t sufficient labor to remove the posters but that the police were doing what they can.

Meanwhile the election monitor, Peoples Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) said that more than 15,000 candidates are expected to participate in the local government elections in the country. (Olindhi Jayasundere)




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  • Bonda Saturday, 22 January 2011 10:20 AM

    What if all the posters of all candidates, cutouts or any other propaganda material is displayed in one common place. Then Police has to remove all without any bias. Will it happen?

    Farook Friday, 21 January 2011 05:16 PM

    The person contesting should be charged if posters are pasted on the walls. This will avoid unnecessary expenditure on removing the pasted posters.

    Amal Perera Friday, 21 January 2011 06:06 PM

    Don't worry! This is only a warning issued to the opposition candidates!

    Antonan Saturday, 22 January 2011 03:07 AM

    Great opportunity for Dr. Silva to show his colours all over Sri Lanka.

    citizen1 Saturday, 22 January 2011 03:16 AM

    What a farce!

    Siri Saturday, 22 January 2011 04:38 AM

    Surely they weren't, alongside complete monopolisation of TV, Radio and most print media. Which is why, particularly, the Presidential election should be re-run.

    Siri Saturday, 22 January 2011 04:41 AM

    How very true!!!!!! Thank you Rajitha for your your wise words.

    Labby Saturday, 22 January 2011 04:57 AM

    Opposition candidates beware !!

    Sammy Saturday, 22 January 2011 05:49 AM

    Let there be no bias & double standards

    Sinhalaya Friday, 21 January 2011 11:39 AM

    Will the law only apply to all Opposition billboards and Posters???? I can remember an SSP in Ampara was transferred out for not protecting a cutout of a ruling party politician!

    Idiot Friday, 21 January 2011 11:50 AM

    was it legal in Presidential election and Parliament elections?

    Modaya Friday, 21 January 2011 12:16 PM

    Was this issued by the "Police Environment Unit"????

    rif Friday, 21 January 2011 12:22 PM

    we will not have any problem if the police do their duty

    Hishy Friday, 21 January 2011 12:52 PM

    The Biggest Joke Ever, we have lived in this country and have seen this implemented to the letter. Good Luck To You SP Prishantha Jayakody.

    Tharaka Chanaka Friday, 21 January 2011 12:58 PM

    Waiting to see Hitler again in townhall....

    ampare son Friday, 21 January 2011 02:04 PM

    all the party and voters have right to check candidate criminal background and educational background.

    Flyhalf Friday, 21 January 2011 02:18 PM

    I have already seen large cutouts on the Kandy road with pictures of the former local government member, the doctor of the area and of course the brothers. Any idea when this will be removed?

    Rajitha Friday, 21 January 2011 02:29 PM

    when the big guys - the president and the ministers were contesting it was all legal, and now it's not. Naked hypocrisy by police(and hence the government)

    Truth Exposed Friday, 21 January 2011 02:35 PM

    Obviously, it will be strictly enforced against opposition candidates and turn blind eye on ruling party posters.

    sundram Friday, 21 January 2011 03:42 PM

    of course, it only applies to opposition party candidates, as the pollce are colour blind and can only see the opposition party posters and billboards

    priyanka Friday, 21 January 2011 03:54 PM

    what is the criteria? You are going to punish opponents by using your own criteria.


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