Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa presenting a copy of UPFA manifesto to Chief Saghnayake of Dakshinalanka Ven. Pallaththara Sumanjothi Nayake Thera during a ceremony at the Henry Pedris Grounds in Colombo yesterday. Former Prime Minister Rantasiri Wickramanayake, former minister AHM Fowzie, leader of the Liberal Party Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, former Chief Justice Sarath N Silva and Prof Dayan Jayathilleka look on.
Pic by Kamal Bogoda
Poster removal costs
taxpayer an arm and a leg
Acknowledging that the Parliamentary Elections Act of 1981 lacked provision to deal with those candidates pasting posters at public places, Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya yesterday said that he would consult the Attorney General in that regard.
EC Deshapriya said that the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) had assured of its support to Elections Secretariat’s in its efforts to rein in political parties. The polls chief was responding to a query by The Island regarding him releasing Rs. 75 mn to the police to hire workers to remove propaganda material instead of prosecuting those who had been violating election law with impunity.