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The police have sought the assistance of the three armed forces to ensure that security is maintained during the General Elections next week with more than 7000 candidates expected to contest for a seat in parliament, IGP Mahinda Balasuriya said.

The IGP said that in addition to the 59,000 policemen deployed for election duty, they have sought the assistance of 20,000 military personnel.

He added that the police together with the help of the armed forces will ensure the security of the voters, polling stations and transportation of ballot boxes as 7620 candidates representing 36 parties and 306 independent groups are taking part in the elections. (SD)



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  • Tuesday, 30 March 2010 11:41 AM

    This not enough. We may need to get the forces from Burma, Sudan and Iran as well.

    Tuesday, 30 March 2010 07:56 PM

    Take a lesson from the Western countries - how peacefully they vote, without any need for weapons, army, or police.

    Tuesday, 30 March 2010 06:46 PM

    'Talking the talk,' how about 'walking the walk'?

    Tuesday, 30 March 2010 05:26 PM

    I have a feeling that the UPFA will lose this election.

    Tuesday, 30 March 2010 05:24 PM

    Some hidden diabolical agenda?

    Tuesday, 30 March 2010 04:27 PM

    the army is important in srilanka its proved srilanka is not a democratic country srilanka needs emergency laws, and TID, CID and police even a politicians dpends on it proved with westran world it is a uneducated and ba bararic countey all thse problem wil not fac e in USA UK , Westran countries srilankan are very back ward i t is good fo r politicians.

    Tuesday, 30 March 2010 03:20 PM

    Yes what pathetic & evasive replies he gave for Sirasa attack at the news conference today. Any fool other than you, can see through those answers you gave.

    Tuesday, 30 March 2010 02:32 PM

    protection should be given at the counting centres.

    Tuesday, 30 March 2010 12:07 PM

    Army is in this country is controlled by politicians..We cant trust this army any more.

    Tuesday, 30 March 2010 12:01 PM

    Military Security for What ?...We are a peaceful nation !

    Tuesday, 30 March 2010 08:06 AM

    these polls makes fool of the by day cost of living goes high. Who is responsible for this? Those who work outside of the country, they may have to sacrify their life until the death bcos of this Sri Lanka's situation.. All ministers are filling their pockets but innocent people only will have to suffer from this...moreover there wont be an end for this, may be upcoming generation also will have to suffer for this.

    Tuesday, 30 March 2010 11:28 AM


    Tuesday, 30 March 2010 11:08 AM

    Is the security only for the govt?

    Tuesday, 30 March 2010 11:06 AM

    I Hussein I really wish for the same what you have said, however the sad truth is the MR & Co., will gourvern this country for another decade or even more, as the general public who suffers due to cost of living acn do nothing to chnage the situation. Can you and I take to the streets & hope we would be safe?

    Tuesday, 30 March 2010 10:53 AM

    Can we rely on the armed forces, when we see what's happening around?

    Tuesday, 30 March 2010 10:37 AM

    I have no faith on Police being on duty April 08 & 09

    Tuesday, 30 March 2010 10:31 AM

    What about the result flow from the counting centers, is this guarded correctly, or else are we to expect another controversy

    Tuesday, 30 March 2010 10:15 AM

    definitely your security will not have army personnels, because of SF.

    Tuesday, 30 March 2010 09:20 AM

    this unable fellow said last week that certain politicians put the police under pressure to do unlawful things. Its not going to be better with the army doing the police jobs as long as the army is not neutral as they do anything what Gota wants, the ruling party is going to hijack the general election with the help of this highly corrupt police/army.

    Tuesday, 30 March 2010 09:00 AM

    Whats the point MR IGP?. With your support this regime will win. But wont last forever. Why dont you save the security for ur own sake. Tables will turn sooner or later. Wait and see. Soon, very soon the public will realise and reject all of you.

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