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By Supun Dias


The police are currently carrying out an islandwide campaign to remove all political posters, banners and cut outs following a directive issued by the Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayaka, Head of the Police Elections Desk, DIG Gamini Navaratne told Daily Mirror online.

He added that several policemen and labourers have been recruited for the purpose and the police are expected to finish the task within the next few days.

The Elections Commissioner has allocated Rs.22 million for this purpose.

Meanwhile DIG Navaratne said that 22 election related incidents have been recorded at the Police Elections Desk and investigations have been launched into the complaints.
 

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  • Monday, 08 March 2010 07:23 AM

    this is what the police is good at.

    Saturday, 06 March 2010 06:47 AM

    All, or only the opposition one's?????
    The OIC's which following this orders will get transfer orders asap.

    Saturday, 06 March 2010 06:48 AM

    Whose posters they will remove,? EC said earlier nobody carried out his instructions, then why should be holding the office still? Something funny.

    Saturday, 06 March 2010 06:57 AM

    We still see political posters in spite of police action (or inaction) - without incurring cost to tax payers as its tax payers moneys that are being used to remove posters. The only solution is for the elections commissioner to send the bill for the cost of removing posters, to the politicians themselves.

    Saturday, 06 March 2010 07:00 AM

    oh my god what a waste of public money.It depicts one thing to us.That is to what place our country heading as far as politics are concerned.

    Saturday, 06 March 2010 07:12 AM

    Will the police dare remove any posters, banners, or cutouts of UPFA candidates ? The puppetery actions of the elections commissioner and the thoroughly biased duties of the police department are nothing but disgusting, to say the least.

    Saturday, 06 March 2010 07:49 AM

    The posters shouldn't be dumped in to the near by drains and should be disposed properly.

    Saturday, 06 March 2010 08:00 AM

    First: why should public money be spent to remove posters put out by politicians? Second: If and when posters are to be removed, the candidates themselves should be given notice to remove those within a stipulated time or else to send them the bills for the cost of removals. Third: Why is the Elections Commissioner who complained that nobody listens to him, now issue orders to the Police. Fourth: Would the Police carry out the orders from the EC? Fifth and most important: would the Police have the courage or the backbone to remove the posters put out by Government politicians including removal of the posters advertising a "Pachayudaya".

    Saturday, 06 March 2010 08:14 AM

    Candidates must be made to remove the posters under their name & party, why should the Police or for anyone for that matter remove posters etc spending TAX PAYERS MONEY. If not removed by the candidate himself he should be disqualified from contesting.

    Saturday, 06 March 2010 08:25 AM

    Apart from the politics of posters et al., when are the people of this country, which includes the leaders both in power and those who want to be in power, going to recognize that the country's outdoor spaces are a repository of plastic caca and refuse, among which are the posters and banners that get ripped down and thrown on the streets? Look at any street or by-way and what do you see? Plastic bags, yoghurt cups, smashed cola bottles, and on an on. If I could, I would vote for the man or woman who would clean up the ground environment.

    Saturday, 06 March 2010 08:36 AM

    Can they do it at Kelaniya ?.

    Saturday, 06 March 2010 09:21 AM

    After spending 22 million from public money they will complete this job 24 hours prior to the elections. Is this the Govt; mechinary system to maintain law and order. Mr.Navarathne please don't sit there and make annoubcements like a puppet.
    If you are an Officer to protect the interest of public and ready to spend 22 million of tax payers money please give them a job with an order to remove them within next 24 hours. After all you are spending 22 million rupees.

    Saturday, 06 March 2010 09:28 AM

    22 million is a lot of money which can be used for health and education. These parasitic politicos should be ashamed. Anyway why cannot the EC charge the politicos or the UDA for that matter under Environmental Laws. People are charged for having a small tin or vase with water against spread of dengue but this pollutionis id paid for by tax money. So lopsided. Please do not vote for these dirty faces.

    Saturday, 06 March 2010 09:29 AM

    Well said calistus. Why don't EC sue the violators and save on the tax payer’s money


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