Thursday, 13 August 2015 - 8:39
If necessary even a candidate could be summoned to the FCID
Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya says that law has not been made lenient relevant to the election period with regard to the police calling any candidate for investigation when a complaint has been received under the election law or under the ordinary law prevalent in the country.
Addressing a letter to the IGP the Election Commissioner has informed him that a wrong news has spread to the effect that it had been decided that candidates should not be called for giving a statement before 17th of this month with regard to offences committed under the ordinary law prevalent in the country.
Therefore the Election Commissioner has informed the IGP that candidates could be called for other investigations on a day that falls after the election.
However police media spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said recently that summoning election candidates to the FCID had been suspended till the end of elections.
The police media spokesman said that the relevant decision had been taken based on an announcement the Election commissioner had conveyed.
A UPFA representative had drawn the Election Commissioner’s attention on this at a meeting held between the Election Commissioner and representatives of parties recently.
On this occasion the representative concerned had pointed out that being called to the FCID could adversely affect the propaganda activities of election candidates.
However police media spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said that if it is necessary to hold an essential investigation it was possible to summon to the FCID prior to the election.