‘Don’t put up posters and cutouts at unauthorised locations’
The Western Province was the worst affected by the ongoing poster war, National Polls Observation Centre spokesperson Atula Silva said urging candidates not to violate election laws. He emphasised that public property shoundn’t be used to put up posters and cutouts.
Addressing a press conference on Monday (09), he said that according to law, a candidate was permitted only to put up posters and cut outs on his/her office, private vehicle and at home. "Police and Municipal Councils have to spend over Rs. 53,000,000 to remove posters etc. Political parties should advise their candidates to refrain from violating election laws, he said.
Spokesman for the National Polls Observation Centre (NPOC), Saman Galappatti said that the number of cases of election violence reported so far was lower than those reported during the other PC elections. There were only seven cases reported during this period––the major one being an internal dispute regarding preferential votes among UNP candidates.
The number of polling centres would also be increased by 1,900, he said.