Tuesday, 11 August 2015 - 13:22
Legal action to be taken against Government servants who skip election duty despite Election Commissioners instructions
The election Secretariat stated that legal action would be taken against the government servants who would not follow the election commissioner’s instruction and try to skip election duty.
The election secretariat stated that it needs the service of about 150 thousand officers and workers to be deployed on duty during the forthcoming general election.
However, the secretariat said that certain officers as well as workers have skipped their duty without giving any acceptable reason.
Government servants including staff officers, administrative service officers, teachers and policemen are supposed to engage in election duty.
The election secretariat also stated that according to the election Act, any public service that does not follow the election commissioner’s instruction or try to skip the given duty could be jailed for 3 years or fined 100 thousand rupees.
At the same time, the election secretariat extended the time for public workers to apply for election duty until Thursday.
Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said that a considerable number of staff officers, school principals and male teachers have apparently restrained from providing their information.
However Lanka teachers Association stated that consequent to GCE Advanced Level examination duty, a large number of teachers have not applied for election duty.