Police team for EC at future polls

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Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya told the political party representatives yesterday he would have a separate police team at future election times to carry out his orders to uphold the election law.

He gave this assurance when he met representatives of political parties which contested the September 21 elections.  Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) representative Sunil Watagala who attended the meeting said the Commissioner spoke of having police personnel under his purview during elections.
Mr. Watagala said the Commissioner could do it in terms of the provisions of the Constitution.  The proposed police team will be deployed to contain election law violations in the run up to future elections. 

The government had announced there would be provincial council elections early next year. 

Mr. Deshapriya also assured that he would work out a separate mechanism address the abuse of state property for electioneering.

The September 21 election saw the abuse of state vehicles, buildings and public servants by using loopholes in election laws.

It was noted that authorities of some state institutions had rented out vehicles to be used by candidates.

“The vehicles have been taken on hire.  They are not registered under the state institution concerned.  But, candidates were using them for campaigning,” Mr. Watagala said. (Kelum Bandara)
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  • mnsart Wednesday, 02 October 2013 12:37 AM

    Get everyone to Galle face green & ask to put up hands to cast their votes. so there won't be any missing ballot papers in the future...and of course could get instant results too.

    Yuri Wednesday, 02 October 2013 01:07 AM

    Police from which country ? i dont think you are ref to SL police

    Punny Pellow Wednesday, 02 October 2013 01:32 AM

    Good idea! Those who do not put up their hands can be pushed bakcwards and no more elections too!!!

    hari Wednesday, 02 October 2013 04:50 AM

    thanks for the idea. will you come forward to count the hands

    Roshan Wednesday, 02 October 2013 08:18 AM

    Now all over now.

    Sam Thursday, 03 October 2013 07:42 AM

    You are a joker. Can you do that in Sri Lanka. You proved in past that you were not capable for any thing. You are a another trump card for the government.

    Ranjith Wednesday, 02 October 2013 05:24 AM

    My dear are you dreaming. Face the reality. Are you so
    independent. Still there are intelligent people in Sri Lanka.
    but helpless like you.

    When are you due to retire. God bless you.

    dr ceylon Wednesday, 02 October 2013 08:33 AM

    good move by a good man,good official.follow him.

    LankanFellow Wednesday, 02 October 2013 03:15 AM

    Lame excuse... No use

    Kiris Baba Amaray Wednesday, 02 October 2013 03:18 AM

    Good move, but deploy honest and duty oriented Police Officers for this purpose.

    Sunilw Wednesday, 02 October 2013 03:19 AM

    same wolves in different uniform????

    Renu Wednesday, 02 October 2013 10:22 AM

    Are you day dreaming? With the Clan the Police , The Army & the Government Servants will bend theirs spineless backs into two or more


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