Police swarmed with cut-outs

15 March 2010 11:43 am - 36     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


By Lakna Paranamanna

The police are unable to remove all the political posters, cut outs and banners before the General Elections as there are well over 7000 candidates who have decorated the roads with campaign materials, the IGP said today.


Speaking to journalists, IGP Mahinda Balasuriya said that the police had commenced washing off all political writings and paintings on the walls last week and had then  moved on to removing the banners and cut outs last night.


However with over 7000 candidates participating for the upcoming polls the IGP said that it was impossible to clean up the island from all the propaganda material as even during the Presidential Election the police had managed to remove only 20% with only 20 candidates participating.


He further said that the police had also taken measures to shut down nine illegal offices of the candidates.


Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayaka had directed IGP Balasuriya last week to confiscate buses displaying political banners and cut outs and remove all posters in the island by March 15.



  Comments - 36

  • Monday, 15 March 2010 08:28 PM

    The people are politically-literate not to be influenced by giant cutouts !

    Tuesday, 16 March 2010 07:55 PM

    The Presidential election campaign should have been an 'eye-opener' to the EC, regarding what to expect for the general election ...

    Monday, 15 March 2010 09:54 PM

    Just spread tar on them.

    Monday, 15 March 2010 11:36 PM

    In instances where posters etc. have been put up, send a bill to the party concerned, to cover the cost and more, for removing the offending material. Hit 'em where it hurts - in the pocket!

    Monday, 15 March 2010 11:59 AM

    Burn it...Dear Henry...Burn It ! .

    Monday, 15 March 2010 12:03 PM

    How very convenient Mr IGP. Perhaps you have the men and material to remove the cut outs of the opposition candidates. After all they are few and far between.

    Monday, 15 March 2010 12:04 PM

    Cut Out or Get Out !

    Monday, 15 March 2010 12:04 PM

    Very inefficient IGP - You should declare these things before hand and not at the middle of campaigns.

    Monday, 15 March 2010 12:07 PM

    Grand excuse, that's because you let them put up while you slept....zzzzzz.

    Monday, 15 March 2010 12:12 PM

    If you cannot remove just wait. Why help some to put on their posters ?

    Monday, 15 March 2010 12:12 PM

    There is a simple solution. Hold the candidates responsible. If there are cutouts depicting a candidate then punish him. Police cannot be removing posters and cut outs. It is the duty of the police to bring to book who put out the cut outs and not to tear them.

    Monday, 15 March 2010 12:16 PM

    hik hik hik

    Monday, 15 March 2010 12:19 PM

    what 7000 canditates for a country which has only 2 million population.... god bless sri lanka

    Monday, 15 March 2010 12:47 PM

    Why don't you start with the ones near the Police Stations and those being guarded by the Police, thsi way you can reduce the number considerably.

    Monday, 15 March 2010 12:55 PM

    since MR can cut your pay cheque at any time, how can we believe that your statement is genuiene?

    Monday, 15 March 2010 01:00 PM

    If there is a will there is a way - stop finding excuses and get on with the job!!!

    Monday, 15 March 2010 01:00 PM

    You better go home. Good excuse to leave the posters.

    Monday, 15 March 2010 01:03 PM

    Correct. people who errect the cutout and posters must take the responsible to remove them. It's not police department's job, Why cant the government implement this, what is the problem.??

    Monday, 15 March 2010 01:03 PM

    yeah yeah.. easy money when you win.

    Monday, 15 March 2010 01:09 PM

    if you cant remove the cut out please get out of your office and give it to a suitable person who can do the job unbiasly.

    Monday, 15 March 2010 01:29 PM

    i guess he should quit if he cannot do a simple task as removing posters. Goats can do a better job

    Monday, 15 March 2010 01:30 PM

    Based on the percentage, the sum allocated for removal of posters etc. should be reduced. If not, it will go to pockets.

    Monday, 15 March 2010 01:50 PM

    7000 Candidates! Aayi?
    "I don't know WHY"
    Listen to the Gipsies for an answer.

    Monday, 15 March 2010 01:51 PM

    Yes exactly, ban all the posters what ever they are, political and non-political and punish the wrongdoers. we have enough mass and electronic media.

    Tuesday, 16 March 2010 09:55 AM

    Even the goats might find those ugly faces difficult to digest

    Tuesday, 16 March 2010 10:01 AM

    SHAME !! SHAME !!

    Tuesday, 16 March 2010 10:01 AM

    So, the police is not so powerful as the media portrays, hu?

    Tuesday, 16 March 2010 10:03 AM

    Rats! Who is there to tie the bell around the neck of Mr.Big Cat?

    Tuesday, 16 March 2010 10:21 AM

    As many readers have stated, prosecute the candidate and fine them. Then there will not be any more posters.

    If there is a will, there is a way.

    Monday, 15 March 2010 02:46 PM

    Mr. IGP, at least remove the cut outs which are at the borders of police stations. It will take 5 mts to remove one cut out.

    Tuesday, 16 March 2010 11:25 AM

    Cut out or Get out?? simple as that

    Monday, 15 March 2010 04:24 PM


    Tuesday, 16 March 2010 12:25 PM

    i think useless police atlease can do this cleaning job for the enviontment not for the public,,

    Tuesday, 16 March 2010 12:42 PM


    Monday, 15 March 2010 06:52 PM

    A well planned comedy episode between the Election Commissioner and the IGP, he.. he... hee !!!!

    Monday, 15 March 2010 07:05 PM


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