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Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake, who had met with polls monitors today, informed them that the competent authority appointed to monitor state media will be withdrawn, the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections said.


A former Government Agent Jayampathy Hettiarachchi was named as the nominee for the post but was yet to receive the formal letter of appointment. The law gives the Competent Authority wide ranging powers including supervision and control over programmes. He is also empowered to ensure compliance with certain conditions including accuracy and impartiality in news presented by these media institutions as well as ensuring programmes do not include anything which is against good taste or decency, incite a person to commit a crime or lead to disorder, offend racial or religious susceptibilities or offend public feeling. (YP)

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  • Wednesday, 13 January 2010 01:08 AM

    EC! You better resign and go home.

    Wednesday, 13 January 2010 01:18 AM

    Yes a law unto themselves on the INSTRUCTIONS of the President. Sheer state thuggery and misuse of resources for personal benefit.

    Wednesday, 13 January 2010 01:35 AM

    With or without Competent or incompetent authority, Gen.Fonseka id going to win on 26th Jan & chase out all those responsible for undemocratic actions!

    Wednesday, 13 January 2010 01:48 AM

    The STATE MEDIA is DEAF to Commissioners strictures, so he is honourably WITHDRAWING, heh, heh

    Wednesday, 13 January 2010 02:53 AM

    If he cannot run the elections proper way, he shoud seek assistance from the judiciary if not he shoud be resign immidiate effect. Now you all can see how many incidents occared, every incident cannot be ignored!!! I understand we cannot control media that is a different issue, what we concern here is fals information in the news papers.


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