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Sunday, 02 September 2012 - 19:43
Special security plan for East- STF to remain on alert
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Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya requested of Inspector General of Police to deploy additional police officers  to the areas of Dehiaththakandiya, Eraur and Akkreipaththu.

The decision comes in the wake of escalating incidents of violence ahead of the planned polls.

It was only last Friday that clashes were reported between members of two rival Muslim political parties in the Akkareipaththu area.

Moreover issuing a media release today, the JVP charged that three of its election propaganda offices had been destroyed when they had been set ablaze.

Meanwhile the Campaign for a Free & Fair Election or CAFFE organisation states that 7 election propaganda units belonging to the JVP, SLMC & UNP in the Dehiaththakandiya area had been vandalised.

Speaking to our news team Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya added that more than 60 officials representing the Secretariat had been dispatched to areas from which the most number of poll violations occur.

At present 21 officers attached to the Secretariat are carrying out election monitoring activities in the Anuradhapura area.

Furthermore 11 officers attached to the Election Secretariat have been posted in Ampara, 10 in Batticalo, 7 in Trincomalee, 5 in Rathnapura and 3 In Polonnaruwa.

Against this backdrop the People's Movement for a Free & Fair Election or PAFFREL states that there is an escalation of election violence related incidents

transpiring in the East.

Hence Executive Director of PAFFEREL Rohana Hettiarachchi noted that a special request had been tendered towards IGP N.K. Illangakoon to provide additional police protection for the East.

Meanwhile when inquired from Police Media Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana

noted that a Superintendent of Police had been dispatched to the East.

He also noted that the Police Special Task Force will be deployed to provide security to the area.

Meanwhile the Elections Secretariat notes that 4 schools each located in the Anuradhapura & Kegalle Districts will remain closed until the 11th of September

since they would be utilized as counting centres for the polls.

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