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Elections chief wants VIP’s kept away from polling stations

Commissioner of Elections Dayananda Dissanayake reminded IGP Jayantha Wickremaratne to give strict instructions to Police Personnell that except for voting purposes the Polling Stations were out of bounds to any VVIPs including Ministers and MPs.

The Commissioner requested the Inspector General of police to create an awareness among Police personnel of the Provincial Council Elections Act no –(1) of 1988 and instruct them to take action against any violators without fear or favor.

The Commissioner of Elections made these observations when he met with Political party secretaries and representatives at the Elections secretariat on Friday evening in connection with the forthcoming PC elections to the western Province on April (25).

IGP Jayantha Wickremaratne,Senior DIG Colombo Nimal Mediwake and senior DIG (Elections) Gamini Navaratna were also present.

SLFP General Secretary Minister Maithripala Sirisena represented UPFA General secretary Minister Susil Premajayanth who was away abroad also present were SLFP Treasurer Minister of Transport Dulles Alahapperuma and in the absence of UNP General secretary Tissa Attanayake,UNP Legal advisor Daya Pelpola ,United Socialist Party (USP) General secretary Siritunga Jayasuriya were present.

Also present were Additional Commissioner of Elections(Provincial and Local ) W.P.Sumanasiri and senior Advisor to the Elections Secreteriat Bandula Kulatunga.

Replying to the Commissioners raising attention of IGP to violations to the Elections by Candidates who were displaying their photographs on private cars ,vans and buses as well as SLCTB buses whereas any candidate could use one vehicle officially Minister Alhapperuma instructed the IGP who was present to take action those violators,

The Commissioner also reminded IGP that no one not even a Media personnel should be allowed to enter any Polling Station to take Photographs or filming inside.

And that not even the senior Presiding officer or any could be allowed to bring or use a cell phone while on duty and that no one other than a Policemen could be allowed to carry a weapon inside the Polling station.

Elections Department sources said that almost 75 % of the 35,424 Postal votes had been marked (cast) and the voters had time up to the Day of elections April (25) to mark their postal votes before their respective Certyfying Officer.

Thesources said that all the Polling Cards were to be handed over to Postal authorities on April (6) with Post Master General (PMG) M.K.B.Dassanayake declaring Sunday April (12) as aspecial day of delivery.

The final meeting of Party secretaries with the Commissioner of elections is scheduled for April (21) at the Elections Secteriat.

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