79 arrested so far over election violations

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By Rose Kenny

The Police Department had   so far the police had received 99 complaints to police stations and 108 complaints pertaining to election law violations during the presidential election period so far. Accordingly, 79 arrests have been made so far regarding these complaints. However, he said that in comparison to previous elections, there are lesser complaints received this year.

With all political campaigning ending by midnight today, all political parties are required to seize all campaigning activities. The next two days are known as a silent period and this silent period, void of all political activities will be in force from tomorrow (14), said Police Media Spokesman SSP Ruwan Gunasekara.

“According to the provisions of the Presidential Election Act, especially the provisions under paragraph 70, this silent period will be in force for a period of one week after the results of the presidential election is announced. according to the law,”  he said.

He said there are four types of election offices permitted to operate and of them three offices could remain operational until the day following the election (Nov. 17). He said however, that except for the Gazetted Branch Election Offices (No-01), all other election offices could operate even on the day of the election. “However, no rallies or meetings are allowed. In the event these offices established are within a radius of 500 metres from any polling centre, then no cutouts or posters should be displayed, or these should be covered so that they are not visible.”

Meanwhile, the Police Commission has approved the appointment of nine (09)  DIGs  to engage in election duties for the presidential election. SSP Gunasekara said that they will be deployed in nine districts from today (14) until the election results are announced. They will be deployed in Killinochchi, Mannar, Polonnaruwa, Kegalle, Matale, Monaragala, Batticaloa, Mullaithivu and Matara.