UNP complains to polls chief of UPFA’s celluloid gimmicks

The UNP has complained to the Commissioner of Elections that moves were underway by two popular cinema and teledrama artistes contesting the forthcoming Southern Provincial Council elections on the UPFA ticket to exhibit their shows in the districts concerned in a bid to gain undue political mileage.

They have further reminded the Elections Commissioner that under the prevailing Elections Act, he has the authority to prevent candidates from gaining propaganda advantage by resorting to such tactics.

The UNP has said that during the recently held Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council elections, the government banned the screening of all films where the UNP chief ministerial candidate Ranjan Ramanayake was featured. "Even the Sarasavi Film Awards ceremony to be held in Colombo was postponed, fearing that Ranjan Ramanayake would be chosen as the best actor", the UNP’s letter to the Elections Commissioner said. The UNP has urged the Elections Chief to use his powers and stop the exhibition of the films and tele dramas in Hambantota and Galle featuring these two candidates.

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