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Saturday, 25 August 2012 - 18:59
Deputy Minister Veerakumara arraigns charges against election officials; Commissioner of Elections retorts
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The Elections Department has asked Deputy Minister Weerakumara Dissanayake to vacate a government circuit bungalow occupied by him and a group of supporters.

He is said to have been using the bungalow to carry out election activities in the Anuradhapura district.

According to a complaint lodged at the Elections Department the deputy minister had been occupying the circuit bungalow belonging to the Building Materials Corporation in Anuradhapura. 

The Elections Department had ordered the Deputy Minister to vacate the bungalow as soon as possible since the use of state resources for political work in the run-up to an election was illegal.

Also, the Department yesterday deployed 11 senior officials to Anuradhapura to look into complaints of election law violations in the area in the run up to the election, and submit a report.  

Meanwhile Three stores with goods to be offered to voters by UPFA Chief Minister candidate Berty Premalal Dissanayake in Anuradhapura have been sealed by officials of the Elections Department.

It is said that the stores had contained agricultural equipment to be distributed to public, in a manner that would violate election laws.

However Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya states that government owned bungalows cannot be utilised for such purposes devoid of reservation.

Several more similar natured incidents have been reported from several areas while the election commissioner notes that government owned circuit bunglows will be solely reserved for election officials commencing from the 1st of August..

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