Three arrested over polling photos posted on social media

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By Rose Kenny

Three persons were arrested for photographing their ballot paper during postal voting, according to the Police Media Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara.

Two teachers of the Kekiriyawa police division and the Katugastota police division and a watchman of a Gampola school have been arrested in connection with the incident.

SSP Gunasekara also stated that 36 complaints pertaining to the presidential election were received by the Police as of yesterday (01).

The postal voting for Presidential Election 2019 took place on Friday and the day before at over 1,700 polling stations island-wide and the police had initiated investigations over the photographs that were taken of the ballot paper during postal voting and posted on social media. The investigation was initiated on the instructions of the Election Commission.

Previously, the Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya warned all government officials to refrain from posting photographs of themselves during voting. He said if found guilty, they could face jail sentences of up to three years.