UPDATE: Video: Elections Commissioner travels to the South to advice the police
A workshop to advice the police regarding holding a free and fair election was held in Matara today under the patronage of the elections commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya.
The Officer in Charge of Election Duties Senior DIG Gamini Navarathna, Deputy Inspector General’s of Police in the South, Superintendents of Police, Assistant Superintendents of Police and Officers in Charge of Police took part in this workshop.
Police Media Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana stated that the first of these workshops was held focusing on the Western Province recently.
Our news team inquired from the Executive Director of PAFFREL Rohana Hettiarachchi as to what election monitors are expecting from the Police with regard to holding a free and fair election.
In response he stated that two of the main duties of the police is enforcing the law regarding illegal propaganda in a fair manner and investigating complaints during the election period in an unbiased manner.
UPDATE: Saturday, 08 February 2014 - 07:24 PM -------------------------------------------------------- Postal voting for Provincial elections on 13th and 14th March
According to the sources of the Election Secretariat, the postal voting of the Western and Southern Provincial Election is likely to be held on the 13th and 14th of March.
However, no official announcement regarding the matter has been released thus far.
The deadline for accepting the applications for postal voting falls on 10th of February.
Thereafter, the voter’s register will be prepared and attested and the day of Postal voting will be announced.
The Election Secretariat said that they have received 91 complaints with regards to Western and Southern provincial elections.
The highest number of complaints were received from Colombo District, which amounts to 27.
As for Southern Province, the highest number of complaints were received from Matara District, which amounts to 9.
Meanwhile, UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said, despite local government agents joining the government just before the election, it will not pose a problem to the UNP.
However, speaking during a meeting held in Hambantota Minister of Disaster Management Mahinda Amaraweera said that UPFA has no intention of recruiting UNP candidates to their alliance.