Opp. to inform EC of CID harassment ahead of PC polls

by Zacki Jabbar

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) was harassing Opposition members and activists in the run up to the forthcoming provincial council elections by searching their houses and offices, the UNP charged yesterday.

UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake told a news conference in Colombo that the government was resorting to its old tactics by raiding houses and offices even before nominations had closed for the Eastern, North-Central and Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council polls.

The offices of two news websites had been raided and their staff and equipment taken into custody and such action was proof of a concerted effort to sabotage the joint opposition’s campaign to oust the corrupt and dictatorial government, Attanayake said, noting that it would be a matter of time before violence was unleashed against the Opposition.

The President and his ministers were also abusing State resources in contravention of the laws as they had done previously. A formal complaint would be lodged with the Elections Commissioner shortly, Attanayake said.

The establishment of independent Public, Elections, Police, Judicial and Bribery and Corruption Commissions, as recommended by the the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission was a sine qua non for free and fair polls, he said.

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